Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings
and flocks of redwinged blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children
and freshly mowed fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen
and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.
Wage peace with your listening;
Hear sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools;
flower seeds, clothespins, clean rivers.
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.
Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.