Doing Peace

243_2016 Watercolor-Sketches /Daler-Rowney Graduate Sketchbook, 21,0 x 29,7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862 – ` Domestic tranquility´ – inspired by the poem ´Doing Peace´ by Peter Notehelfer

The artwork & poetry in this post is a work of collaboration between
two WordPress bloggers both committed to peace: Carsten Wieland & Peter Notehelfer

She prays for Peace
in her morning prayers
Quiet from her brawling brothers
gathered at her Sunday supper table
Harmony with her sullen husband
brawling within himself
inside his own brain

‘Why must we be so …’
she always seems to begin
and with that pulls off the old scab
causing domestic tranquility to bleed
the sweet cream on the pie to sour
bitterness to be the aperitif
to Sabbath communion

Not bombs but words
stoke the fires of conflict
and such innocent words they seem
to us who speak them intending grace
while scrubbing salt into the wound
which begs for a poultice
borne of pure patience

“O surely, reaving Peace, my Lord should leave in lieu
Some Good! And so he does leave Patience exquisite,
That plumes to Peace hereafter. And when Peace here does house
He comes with work to do, he does not come to coo,
He comes to brood and sit.” ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins


7 thoughts on “Doing Peace

  1. Saw your picture of the palate used on Peter’s blog just recently and came to have a look – lovely. Both the industrial and trees. I love the impressions given and seeing how they built up. Thank you for sharing your talent

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