UN International Day of Peace Poem

In honor of the International Day of Peace, I would like to re-post a poem I wrote last year after a group of us completed a silent meditative walk from the United Nations to Times Square.  A unique experience that I attempted to capture in my way.

Peace Making Isn’t Easy

Walking the busy streets of New York

I realized, peace making isn’t easy.

People’s glances and comments

made it obvious, there was still

work to be done.

One tried to scare us off…how can you scare peace off?

There is no such thing, as peace

is lived and felt within.

Another tried to point us to Jesus

“I hope you pray to Jesus”, he said, “I hope you do”

stepping aside perplexed, as we

sent him unconditional love.

A woman stood still, for a moment

wondering what we did.

Then, graciously bowed

our gaze silently affirming

the deeper connection within.

Still others came and went, frantic

enslaved in their own world.

It’s International Day of Peace today

a day to notice, to acknowledge

how peace is lived within.

For, peace does start in one’s heart

as it is felt therein, it radiates thereout

attracting and transforming what is

uneasy, turbulent, unjust.

Peace making isn’t easy, until

it is made first within your own heart.

A tribute to the UN International Day of Peace, Sept 21, 2010 © Liliane Mavridara

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