2013 is drawing to a close, and on this, the last Poetry Friday of the year, I want to wish everyone peace and justice in the coming year. (If the world has one, surely it will have the other.) Here are the words of Denise Levertov to give us something to ponder:
The Life of Others
Their high pitched baying
as if in prayer's unison
remote, undistracted, given over
utterly to belief,
the skein of geese
hierarchic arrow of its convergence toward
the point of grace
swinging and rippling, ribbon tail
of a kite, loftily
over lakes they they have not
elected to rest,
over men who suppose
earth is man's, over golden earth
for night and winter.
are smaller than they, and crawl
about and about the smoky map.
from Voices of Light: Spiritual and Visionary Poems by Women around the World from Ancient Sumeria to Now (edited by Aliki Barnstone) [808.81 VOI].
From here, please head over to see Mary Lee Hahn, at A Year of Reading, for the last Poetry Friday Round-Up of 2013.
"Peace and Justice" illustration by Thomas Nast.