more thoughts on peace

from Wendell Berry’s book “Leavings”

VII. 

Before we kill another child

for righteousness’ sake, to serve

some blissful killer’s sacred cause,

some bloody patriot’s anthem

and his flag, let us leave forever 

our ancestral lands, our holy books,

our god thoughtefied to the mean

of our smallest selves. Let us go 

to the graveyard and lie down 

forever among the speechless stones.

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