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what is it to make peace?
with a fact, a circumstance

the war is only between the self
and the self, the battlefield the space
in which you lie awake at night

deafened by artillery, shelling, missile whine

and then the treaty:
self and self sign, unwitnessed, a promise
in the silence of the armistice—
acceptance, resignation

(but for the wounds,
scars on the landscape,
and all human decay)

a city takes years to rebuild after devastation
better and more consciously planned, yes
but with history erased or beyond repair

all war is loss
and peace what comes after, into the space
left by fire, that hot bright destruction,
the blackened and fragile remains
of what only effort and time can reclaim

peace is the salvage of the ruins
when the soldiers have gone home;
what you form from the ashes, from
damage

the bringing into existence
of something shaped from the dirt and clay and blood
under your fingernails, beautiful not in spite of
but because

not the opposite of loss, then
but what grows from it

May 2009

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