What is peace? by Jose Marti

What is peace?

The word eludes the most wise
It seems that it is so easily defined
but yet not so easily to understand
What is peace

Still we hope for it
still we pray for it
still we strive for it
but none of us knows peace.
What is peace

Is peace stillness like meditation
Is peace an absence of conflict
Is peace ignorant bliss
or is peace an illusion
What is Peace

Maybe peace is the eye of the storm
Perhaps peace is the quiet after the storm
or peace may be the calm before the storm
What is peace

Without chaos we cannot know peace
without chaos we cannot know the value of a child’s laugh
without hurricanes we cannot know the value of gentle touch of a cool breeze
What is peace

peace
the word escapes us
peace
the word must hate us
peace
by Jose Martinez (written for the DMin course on “Transformation of Society and Conflict.”)

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