To The Hopeful Among Us: Peace

Drums... hear her heartbeat
Water: our very lifeblood
Her vulnerability, grace to us
She pardons our need to conquer

We stand in peace, we wait
Wrap arms around her land
Lay our flailing newborn fight
Against her aged, crumpling skin

All our tears have turned into ice
No bargains made with men of war

Bodies breaking, time frozen in madness
Who will protect if not the ones she birthed?

It’s a hard vigil, against minds of stone
Prayers swaddled in ancient Love
Hearts bonded in history repeated
Undying, undefeated Mother: Arise!

Jamie Bagley