Your annihilation come to make peace

You weary Nations, perhaps I am some new being you’ve never encountered before.
Yet there is nothing about me you can’t recognize.
I live in the place where you perceive nothing. Look again!
I am the arrow point that finds the boar’s heart!
I am the flicker of red from a blackbird’s wing!
I am the feathers sprouting from your most secret wounds!
You will teach me of flying! I will stand on your shoulders and leap! And all will come right, I swear it.
We will meet where the forest is deepest,
where the night is blank and there are no stars,
for I am your annihilation come to make Peace.

From Geoff Bartley’s “Language of Stones”.  Check out Sarah Stockwell’s version here.

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About John Halstead

John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion, where he practices an idiosyncratic form of Naturalistic Paganism. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet and has participated in direct action against the fossil fuel industry. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” (ecopagan.com). John strives to live up to the challenge posed by the Pagan Statement through his writing and activism. Since 2011, John has been writing about religion and life at AllergicPagan.com. He has written for numerous other online platforms, including The Huffington Post, Patheos, GodsandRadicals.org, Witches & Pagans, and GodisChange.org. John is the Editor-at-Large at HumanisticPaganism.com. He also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans (2016). John is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community. View all posts by John Halstead

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