December 26th, 2013

Denise Levertov - Making Peace

A voice from the dark called out,
"The poets must give us
imagination of peace, to oust the intense, familiar
imagination of disaster. Peace, not only
the absence of war."

But peace, like a poem,
is not there ahead of itself,
can't be imagined before it is made,
can't be known except
in the words of its making,
grammar of justice,
syntax of mutual aid.

A feeling towards it,
dimly sensing a rhythm, is all we have
until we begin to utter its metaphors,
learning them as we speak.

A line of peace might appear
if we restructured the sentence our lives are making,
revoked its reaffirmation of profit and power,
questioned our needs, allowed
long pauses...

A cadence of peace might balance its weight
on that different fulcrum; peace, a presence,
an energy field more intense than war,
might pulse then,
stanza by stanza into the world,
each act of living
one of its words, each word
a vibration of light -- facets
of the forming crystal.

-- from Breathing the Water, by Denise Levertov

Poetry Chaikhana | Denise Levertov - Making Peace

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk - Interactive Graphic -
How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk - Interactive Graphic -

I talk as though i came from Oklahoma, the San Francisco Bay Area, South Carolina, Hawaii, or Alaska.
I spent most of my growing up years in Alaska, so that fits.

A few hours later, i took the test again. a few of the questions (there are only 24) had changed; now i talk as though i came from Salt Lake City.
Close, but no cigar.