"Are you a good pentagon, or a bad pentagon?" I asked the flower.
"Oh, I'm neither good nor bad. I'm just peaceful," she replied.
"Peace isn't good?" I asked.
"Peace is a place of nurture," she whispered.
"But isn't that good?" I insisted.
"You think in terms of absenses ~ the lack of strife and conflict. Your thoughts have created many wars my child."
Words suddenly escaped me. I create wars? I put down my camera and sat down beside her, and the two of us watched the clouds perform transient dances of wonder across the sky for awhile.
"But wait!" I blurted, "Everyone knows a peaceful world is one without war."
"Leave war out of the conversation, my dear, for peace has no need for war in its definition. Stop wasting your time with such misguided ideas. Peace need not be defended. It is chosen."
A white elephant raised it's cumulous trunk spewing dark clouds across the sky who argued and thundered against each other, raining tears across the land.
"Does understanding the war up there in the sky ~ does this make you happy?" the pentagonal being inquired.
Tears, now tracing the lines of ignorance etched in my face ~ rain cleansing so many wrong perceptions like briars wedged into the scarred and frightened recesses of my soul ~ I wept as I had never wept before.
"Why have I always thought of peace this way?" I whispered, unable to look her in the eye."
She took my hand and said nothing for a very long time then finally offered, "You need not defend yourself. Choose peace now."
Posted by susan at August 4, 2006 7:11 AM
We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity.
We are the pain and what cures pain, both.
We are the sweet, cold water and the jar that pours.
~ Jelaluddin Rumi
[You are certainly on a roll here, my dear. ~ eB]
Posted by: eB at August 4, 2006 10:09 AM
You are on a roll!! And a most beautiful one! Keep it up dear friend!!
Posted by: jzr at August 4, 2006 11:54 AM
Posted by: dan at August 4, 2006 12:18 PM
what an incredible, amazing, priceless experience. we should all sit and talk with nature more often, gleaning from it's wisdom.
Posted by: la vie en rose at August 4, 2006 3:02 PM
wow, Susan.... that's beautiful. someday, i'd like to illustrate your incredible stories... they touch me deeply.
Posted by: Lisa at August 4, 2006 4:18 PM
Good one. Peace to us all.
Posted by: Cynthia at August 4, 2006 7:23 PM
Both your photos and your writing are incredibly beautiful - thank you for this
Posted by: Catherine at August 5, 2006 6:25 AM
Just lovely, thank you for your wonderful words and imagery. Thank you also for visiting my blog!
Posted by: Spooky Suzie at August 5, 2006 12:32 PM
wow, amazingly beautiful! You know, there is a website by the name choosepeacenow. I think it's dot org, but I"m not sure. Run by a guy who works with a group of politicians etc to create a federal Department of Peace, and many other wonderful things.
Posted by: Wandering Willow at August 5, 2006 7:12 PM
Peace is chosen. Profound. True. Peace to you. Peace to me. Peace to the world.
Posted by: janet at August 7, 2006 12:55 PM
A peaceful bit of prose. Thank you.
<smile> An interesting play on the term "white elephant".
Posted by: Mark W. at August 9, 2006 2:17 PM