11 December 2018

Good Morning

Come, clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I
And the tree and stone were one.
Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your brow
And when you yet knew you still knew nothing.

~ Maya Angelou, from “On the Pulse of the Morning”
(The Rock Cries Out To Us Today)

Sing with me.  Someone said to sing, and I cannot sing alone.
Sing, said the voice, “It’s now time to sing Peace on Earth.”

I’ve seen peace hide in my cook pot and in your bed. Good Morning.  
Sing Peace out into the open where it belongs.

No time to discover where the voice originates.  It is—
or it isn’t. Let’s sing, not knowing.  Let’s sing Peace.

Drones will drop from the sky in the instant.  Border guards will put
down their guns and lend a hand to those who need help.

Apples, cheese and sunflower seeds will erase hunger.  Water
will stream clear and potable in roadside ditches.

Sing, sing.  See how safely welcome opens doors.  See how ceilings
hold when bombs stop flying.  See children stop crying.

Sing ourselves into hope.  Believe it is now time to sing Peace
on Earth.   Sing in tune or out of key.  Both will do.

We’ve waited for our cue, and here it is. Now.  Peace on Earth.  Now.
Lift on the song, spondee or anapest. Peace On.

Earth Peace. On Earth. Peace On. Earth Peace. On Earth. Peace on Earth.  
Is it rising like sun at dawn?  Like moon and tides?

Is it rising invisible like ghosts or winds, that movement
reveals?  Let’s sing into movements, sing unto life.

It’s a good morning, indeed, when we wake ready and willing   
to bring peace out of hiding and make it flourish.


(After reading Angelou's poem, I had nothing more to say.  She says it all.)

My blog poems are rough drafts.
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© 2018 Susan L. Chast


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh my goodness! My favourite poem of yours EVER! I love every word, i would have to quote it all back to you. I felt inspired and hopeful, uplifted, after reading it .... and i have had a hard time feeling hopeful this year. I want everyone to read this poem. I especially love border guards putting down their guns and welcoming people. And the apples, cheese and sunflower seeds. I looooooooooooove this peace poem.

sreeja harikrishnan said...

Yes, yes, yes...must make it flourish...loved this!

Rommy said...

Sometimes it might seem we're hoarse from crying with awful in the world, but those weary voices often have power behind them. Let's sing of a world where all this is true. It has to start somewhere. Why not with a song?

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love the idea of "Sing(ing) ourselves into hope", joining our voices and wills in a chant that breaks what needs breaking and heals what has been sickened. We could do so much, if we could sing as one. "Peace on", indeed.

annell4 said...

Perhaps "singing," will help, for sure it can do no harm. Loved this poem!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

LOVE!πŸ’ž The emotions in this poem are so raw, so incredibly strong that they reach into my heart and urge me to applaud! Especially love; "Is it rising invisible like ghosts or winds, that movement reveals? Let’s sing into movements, sing unto life." Beautiful writing!πŸ’ž

Old Egg said...

Well it surely can't hurt to sing. However if you have a voice like me it is best to protest in others ways so that more and more people understand they are being exploited for profit by those that just don't care so they can make money regardless of the conswequences.

Gillena Cox said...

"Sing ourselves into hope. Believe it is now time to sing Peace
on Earth. Sing in tune or out of key. Both will do."

Yes indeed Susan

much love...

Sumana Roy said...

This is a sunshine poem to be sung when there is light and also when there is darkness all over. Can't tell you how I Love this one, Susan. Let's sing, let's sing together. So beautiful.

Amit Agarwal said...

Believe it is now time to sing Peace
on Earth... Absolutely! Loved every single word of this very beautiful poem!

Thotpurge said...

I'm all for singing peace back into existence... even if I can't carry a note to save my life!

Vivian Zems said...

We need to hear more of this. We need to sing it from our homes and rooftops.inspiring!