Prayer as Action for Peace

Jamie Dedes:

On The Bardo Group blog this p.m. … the perfect peace from Terri Stewart … it is a collection of prayers from many traditions … Enjoy!

Originally posted on THE BARDO GROUP:

Editorial note:This was originally written by Terri Stewart for Saturday, September 7, 2013, in response to a call for worldwide prayer and fasting to focus on peace in Syria. With all that is going on in the Middle East and given the Ukraine crises, the many conflicts in Africa and the deaths and dislocations resulting from drug wars in Central and South America, this seems a good time to post it again in the spirit of peace, love and community …

I have seen many things happening–prayer vigils, personal meditation practices, marches, and communications with elected officials. We decided to offer a Labyrinth Walk for Peace at Bothell UMC in Bothell, WA in the morning. I gathered inter-faith prayers, we walked, prayed, and focused on bringing peace to the world. What follows is prayers and photos from that journey that became deeply personal for each attendant. There was a…

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brightness beckoned

Watercolor by Gretchen Del Rio
Watercolor Phoenix by (c) Gretchen Del Rio

“In the midway of this our mortal life,
I found me in a gloomy wood, astray…”
Inferno Canto 1, Durante (Dante) degli Alighieri

in a mood
he stood at the wood’s edge and thought



this pained walk
under dark skies
living on the verge
wondering if he was
the plaything of his Lord, if so
a cruel game

from somewhere brightness beckoned
on the wing beat of sudden insight ~

it’s not your memory melting in the heat of time
or your true music dissolving unsung
nor the whimsy of some capricious god
it is, perhaps, Dante’s transformative hell

no love without yearning
no compassion without pain
no charity without failure

a Phoenix, he rose from his ashes
a Moses, he fell before the flaming bush
in his found humanity, he embraced life whole

This is for Victoria Slotto’s Writers’ Fourth Wednesday writing prompt today on The Bardo Group blog. Please join us and link in your own poem. Mister Linky will remain open for seventy-two hours. We’ll visit your blog to read and comment and hope that you will visit others to encourage and support them. If you are uncomfortable using Mister Linkey, just leave the link to your piece in the comments section.

© 2013, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved; Gretchen Del Rio (Gretchen Del Rio’s Art Blog), All rights reserved, posted here with Gretchen’s permission

Providence or Folly?

photo-13Lacking discretion . . .
she mistook agenda for wisdom
and suffering for sanctity.
She confused sex with intimacy
and saccharine with sincerity.
Because she endured,
she thought she was strong.
She fancied pain was her Cross
and treasured the confines
of her dark, singular world,
mistaking the fallout born of folly
for her God’s perfect plan.

© 2014 poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved

asleep, awake

photo-20Asleep, I swing on a pendulum
caught between
heaven and earth
ecstasy and agony
love and fear

I breath and become air
I see and become earth
I hear and become song
I feel and become river

Asleep, I search for meaning
…..Uncertain there is any

The pendulum swings
…..My left side is pain
…..My right side is joy

Awake, the pendulum stills
…..The words cease

Not breathing, I am nothing
Not seeing, I am empty
Not hearing, I am silence
Not feeling, I am peace

“Gently, gently he whispered,
‘Be quiet,
the secret cannot be spoken,
it is wrapped in silence.’”
Rumi, Whispers of the Beloved, Translated by Mafi and Azima Malita Kolin

© 2014, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved