Peace Prayer

What do you pray for what’s the longing inside?
What begs your attention and disturbs your pride?
What is the thorn that won’t go away?
What needles serenity won’t let you play?

What rankles your plans for a life with more play?
What leaves you alone with not much to say?
What calls forth amazement at what you observe?
What makes you crazy and ignites each nerve?

What won’t let you rest till you are thrown down?
What’s taken your smile replaced it with a frown?
What pollutes the air and the water we drink?
What clouds your good judgment makes it so hard to think?

What rages inside you and breaks your sweet heart?
What prowls your deep corridors demanding your art?
What shocks your wisdom and draws out your tears?
What’s growing louder with each passing year?

What beckons your voice to rise up and protest?
What pulls curdling screams from your deepest breast?
What galvanizes the burning within?
What has the capacity to restore a grin?

One simple answer wells up in my being
A world that is peaceful with all of us seeing
We tend to the suffering and heal all the ills
We breathe loving kindness spurred on by clear wills

We realize that violence will only get more
We all know that love is what we came for
We let go of all thoughts of winning or blame
We leave behind all war and with it our shame

We honor the peace and compassion we are
We let go of all else it won’t take us far
We sing with clear voices the angels we are
We let go of all else it won’t take us far

What might you let go of in service of a broader peace?

Who suffers as long as you choose to hold on?

What can end the suffering and pain in an instant?

What about forgiveness?

– Stewart Levine ©

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