Bettie Lundy Slade

(San Diego, California)

Whisper - Peace

Peace is a word spoken softly
With reverence - from deep in the heart
Like a prayer - or a benediction
Or the words two lovers impart. Just listen to the little children
They may laugh and shout - as they play
But if you ask them what they wish for the most
In hushed voices --"Peace" - they say. If you visit countries ravaged by war
See the little children, eyes wide from their fears
Tightly clutching a broken toy or torn blanket

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