A Poem for Peace…

A Poem for Peace…

An announcement came, inviting Writing Fellows to sit in remembrance of the Gaza Strip victims and survivors. There would be no discussion, only Silence or meted out words. My decision to attend was swift. I thought to read the famous poem of silence and no one coming when they came for this one and that one, of no one left when they came for me. Regina helped me find it among Google’s treasures.

Then, just like that, I remembered that I was a writer, same as right now I am recalling Gordon Parks and his classic, A Choice of Weapons. Mine, also, are words, photography and love. In an American Jewish University dorm, I sat to fastidiously search my heart’s archery.

If I place my fingers above the keyboard, they dance.  If I think about writing, my thoughts dance.  To marry the two, I sit to soar. ~ C. Moss
If I place my fingers above the keyboard, they dance. If I think about writing, my thoughts dance. To marry the two, I sit to soar.
~ C. Moss

Beautiful words, like an unseen shaman, circled the group. Love pulsed. Emotions swelled and burst. When it was my time to speak, feet suddenly swinging under my chair as though I were five, this was my offering:

On Distant Shores

We stand on distant shores
You besieged
Beleaguered
Bowed in grief
Breathing striated air
Crying tears for peace
Do they drip, too, from a conscious world’s
Cheeks
But—
You haven’t time to wonder
To ponder what it means to be forgotten
Explosions immediate
Babies leaving
Their cries cut short in rising fumes
In shards of lives
Left to drift toward healing
And distant peace
So…
I stand on a shore that
Isn’t as aloof as it seems
Today I pause time
To remember you
To feel your pain
To link souls
To send cosmic rays of
Light love and peace
Ours is a human tapestry
The thread
Loomed and stitched
Creating the Present
Crossing seas and war zones
For how could I sit in this Universal lodge
And not offer my love?

Claudia Moss
August 9, 2014
Lambda Literary Writers Retreat

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