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Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:01 am

springfield peace vigil poem #1

springfield peace vigil poem #1

my tall cup of sweet milky tea
on the seat beside me after the
grand meal served by the islamic
folk caught the eye of a small boy
tumbling with his buddies on the
soft carpet where soon rows of men
would line up to sing evening prayers
he eyed the cup, me, then took a long
drink ran off I drank he returned
solemnly drank again I drank too
he came back once more to share
the tea nodded when it was finally
gone this now strikes me as a warm
ritual of mutual trust him young
me old no thought of differences
what’s the event? the local interfaith
peace service hosted by the islamic
center this past sunday the place
was jammed five hundred anyway
all in our stockinged feet the brief
ceremonies moving heartstrong
words of unity afterwards I greeted
my pastor my senator my rabbi my
friends of all shades of ethnicity then
drank tea with this young man while
awaiting the crammed carpark to ease

©2015 Jacqueline Jackson

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