A Prayer for Peace

I believe in whirled peas.

Childish fingers

send them

whirling, skittering, scattering,

off the table

across the floor

under the chair

out to the far corners of the room.

 

Again and again

the dancers repeat the steps.

Again and again

with the broom and the mop.

Again and again

help me clean up.

 

Again and again on bended knees*

reaching for peas.

 

Reach past the peas.

Feel the music

Live the grace

Touch the beating heart of this moment

Find the love that binds the fingers and the broom and the peas.

 

Sink down

Sink in

Let it rise

Let it roll

Send it whirling, skittering, scattering

to the far corners of the world.

 

It begins here.

 

* Before reading the Kneeling Prayers, which are a set of three penitential prayers read at vespers on Pentecost, the priest entreats, “Again and again on bended knee let us pray to the Lord.” During any other service the exclamation would be “Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord.”

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