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CITY OF PEACE













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I stand at the foot of a cross and look up
it's hard to imagine the immense gift
of love that fills and contains the whole world
the entire universe
the sacred Heart of Jesus
I have no idea what love even means
I pray for people I know
and people I don't know
 
 
a gray fog slouches over the valley before me
like a wet dog
as if heavy with depression
the valley is green as an Irish frog on
St. Patrick's Day
green as a pea soup swamp
the wind whips up whitecaps
like whipping cream on a cooking show
birds tweet piccolo melodies
against the white noise slush of surf
 
 
once I passed through Damascus Gate
like Ali Baba walking through the souk
cats slinked in the alleys
spies no doubt
a harper played on the Western Wall
hope hanging by a thread from his strings
melodic prayers for peace
in a war-torn city
awaiting a Messiah
awaiting the double doors
of a Golden Gate to open
the gate of eternal life
 
 
I walked Via Dolorosa
captivated by underground grottos and cisterns
charmed by the beauty of al-Aqsa Mosque
it seemed so much more cheerful
than many churches
there was an imam reading the Koran
and wearing argyle socks
on sale from Pennies no doubt
 
 
the cradle of civilization
the very fountain of life itself
from which spring flowers and weeds
crusader's footprints still echo
in the Armenian Quarter
and the promise whispers
from Mt. Zion to Solomon's Temple
may there some day be rest
in the City of Peace