This is my submission for #PoetsForPeace.
To join in please refer to this post by Neha: Forgotten Meadows: Poets For Peace Submission Details for Praxis Magazine
Promise People Peace
I long for it to return,
The word I can no longer say,
But in my throat. It chokes:
-‘The bomb blast silenced me.’
This word, rich companion,
To Happiness, Joy, Love, and Hope,
Is lost, discarded. It whispers:
-‘I’m buried under hatred’s rubble.’
Now my words fragment,
Syllables of death and destruction.
Scatter, scare. I scream:
– ‘So the suffering grows.’
In a poultice of grime,
Black smoke, battered skin, broken lives,
Unspeakable, incomprehensible. My…
-‘Tragedy lives on.’
I am numb, that’s my new word.
The one that claims,
Whispers and holds me. Together ….
– ‘Binding my sadness.’
I need that unspoken word,
Wrap it tenderly,
In layers of bubble wrap. Pop ….
– ‘Break its bonds with an explosion of joy.’
Let’s find that sweet word again.
A simple expression of the human race,
Unite us in love. I say,
-‘Make me whole again.’
This wondrous word – our go to home,
Haven to our blessed children,
Let them know love. I pray,
-‘Nurture this gentle word.’
© Marjorie Mallon 2016 – aka, Kyrosmagica. All Rights Reserved.
A subject that is very dear to my heart, please do feel free to comment below.
Bye for now. Hope you have a purrfectly peaceful day.
Your poem speaks on behalf of so many people Marje
Thank you Denis. It’s nice to have a go at writing some poetry for a change. 🙂
This is a beautiful poem. I love the juxtaposition between numbness and peace, which from the outside could look like the same thing, and the way the reader yearns for the word to appear as she reads through the poem.
Thank you so much! Your comment is really encouraging. I enjoy writing poetry, and this prompt really appealed to me. 🙂
Powerful work Marje, all the best with this one.
Thank you Shehanne. Appreciate your comment, don’t often write poetry but when I do I enjoy trying!
Beautiful Poem I posted mine too! https://yesterdayafter.com/2016/08/30/poets-for-peace/
Have a great day with Peace! 😉
Thank you so much Galit. 🙂
This is powerful prose Marje. Good luck! 🙂
Thank you Debby. 🙂
Beautiful poem…I like the layered messages.
Thank you Janice. It’s been a while since I’ve written any poetry enjoyed joining in with this important message. 🙂
Marje, this is lovely work! Please do be sure to post ASAP it in the comments on Neha’s blog post, along with the necessary permissions, if you would like it to be included when the final collaborative poem is finished.
Thank you! I have added to Neha’s comments, looking forward to being included. 🙂
Beautiful. The suffering and longing is palpable.Wishing you a peaceful week and a peaceful world.
Thank you Diana. A peaceful week and world to you too. 🙂
Powerful poem, Marje. I know people who live in the war zone, and they pray for peace before they pray for health.