Rejoice and Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble, breathe out whole buildings and flocks of redwing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.

Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.

Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.

Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.

Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothespins, clean rivers.

Make soup.

Play music, learn the words 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.

Wage peace.

Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.

Have a cup of tea and rejoice.

Act as if armistice has already arrived.

Don’t wait another minute.

…………………….Mary Oliver

The art glass piece above was brought to me by my dear friend Ragtime ( and hung in my studio on this inauguration day. It is personally significant to me as an image, but there is more of a story to it. The wings were from a panel that was broken and had been out of sight in my glass rack for years. On his last visit, he took it back to his studio where he carefully disassembled and reworked the wings into an entirely new background. He added his signature peace sign and it is now more beautiful than ever……its brokenness healed. Love, patience and belief. Powerful stuff! Thank you Ragtime!

Peace, Yvonne