Perfect Peace

by Geoff Stevens

War is always noisy

but peace only speaks
when it is spoken of

When there is no war
peace goes about unnoticed

whereas it should advance itself
and be recognised

otherwise it can easily
get shot down in the dark

misadventure they call it

that is in contrast to battle
which is known as an adventure

is gung-ho
is gunfire

whereas peace is just a lull
in the procedure

And yet if it spoke up for itself
nay, shouted out its name

it could be the main event
a time for elation

Instead of reflection

Geoff Stevens is the editor of Purple Patch poetry magazine, and the Ted Slade Award winner for 2009.

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  1. #1 by Gary Wilson on March 7, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Excellent!

    I particularly like the lines …

    ‘it could be the main event
    a time for elation

    Instead of reflection’

    I will print this out and keep it nearby.

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