Alex Belcourt

Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda

Alex Belcourt

Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble

breathe out whole buildings and flocks

of redwing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists and breathe out

sleeping children and freshly mown fields.

Breathe in confusion and

breathe out maple trees.

Breathe in the fallen and breathe out

lifelong friendships intact.

Wage peace with your listening

hearing sirens, pray loud.

Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.

Make soup.

Play music, learn the word for thank you in three languages.

Learn to knit and make a hat.

Think of chaos as dancing raspberries.

Imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty

or the gesture of fish.

Swim for the other side.

Wage peace.

Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.

Have a cup of tea and rejoice.

Act as if armistice has already arrived.

Celebrate today.

by Judith Hill

With thanks to Giselle Signoroni for gifting me this poem recently.


4 Responses to “Wage Peace”

  • Rachel Beach

    This is the most gorgeous thing I’ve read in a long time. Thank you for sharing Alex xxxxxx

  • Kevin Done

    The title grabbed me first. It reminds me of a book written by Neil Young called, Waging Heavy Peace – a must read, in my opinion.
    BTW, it’s nice to see you writing again, Alex 🙂


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