Through the lens

I want to be

at peace and still

with myself

and with other

delicate persons

who pass by

and touch my way.


Peace is about

seeing persons full

and looking into their face

and then injecting the hope

and the good,

even within the

flood of tension

and the battle

of unrelenting conflict

that buffets me.


I will see with

eyes not

consumed with

revenge and

glaring with the

fragmenting power

of hate or scorn,

for I gaze

through the lens

of enlightenment,

and I smile

with the touch

of grace.