Poetry by Jennifer Lagier

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PEACE LANTERNS

"The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul." -- Herbert Hoover

Let us gather, light candles,
observe a moment of silence,
remember the victims,
repudiate atrocities
executed under our name.

Let us stand on Pacific shore,
envision hands joined in creation
rather than unconscionable acts
of hatred, tearing apart.

Let us illuminate hearts
in quiet affirmation of non-violence,
ignite peace lanterns, fold paper cranes,
treat our neighbors
as we wish to be considered,
vow to make war obsolete.

 

August 2022

 

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