Barbara J. Pescan
Bless the poets and those who mournSend peace for the soldiers who did not make the warsbut whose lives were consumed by them
Let strong trees grow above graves far from homeBreathe through the arms of their branchesThe earth will swallow your tears while the dead sing“No more, never again, remember me.”
For the wounded ones, and those who received them back,let there be someone ready when the memories comewhen the scars pull and the buried metal movesand forgiveness for those of us who were not therefor our ignorance.
And in us, veterans in a forest of a thousand fallen promises,let new leaves of protest grow on our stumps.
Give us courage to answer the cry of humanity’s painAnd with our bare hands, out of full hearts,with all our intelligencelet us create the peace.
Copyright: The author has given Unitarian Universalist Association
member congregations permission to reprint this piece for use in public worship.
Any reprints must acknowledge the name of the author.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
Sidebar Content, Page Navigation
More Ways to Search
Donate to Support This Program and the Ongoing Work of the UUA
Read or subscribe to UUA.org Updates for the latest additions to our site.
Learn more about the Beliefs & Principles of Unitarian Universalism, or read our online magazine, UU World, for features on today's Unitarian Universalists. Visit an online UU church, or find a congregation near you.