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.


About John Halstead

John Halstead practices an idiosyncratic and bioregionally specific form of Neo-Paganism which draws on the archetypal psychology of Carl Jung and the naturalistic animism of David Abram. He is also a Shaper of the fledgling Earthseed community, which is a religion inspired by Octavia Butler’s science fiction novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, and which is described in detail at John writes for numerous online platforms, including The Huffington Post, Patheos,, Witches & Pagans, and Since 2011, he has been writing about his often ambivalent relationship with Paganism, Unitarianism, and life, at, which is currently hosted by the interfaith platform, Patheos. John also writes about the intersection of Jungian psychology and Neo-Paganism at “Dreaming the Myth Onward,” which is hosted by Witches & Pagans. He is working on a book called The Gods Are Not Good: An Introduction to Archetypal Polytheism. John is the Editor-at-Large at, a community blog for Naturalistic Pagans. He is also a contributor and writes a regular column called “The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox”. John edited and contributed to the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans (2016), which gathered the writings of 40 atheistic, humanistic, and naturalistic Pagans, pantheists, animists, Gaians, and other non-theistic Pagans from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment,” which can be found at The Statement has now collected over 9,000 signatures from over 80 countries, has been translated into 16 languages. It represents the most successful effort to date to harmonize the diverse voices of the Pagan community in defense of the Earth and the web of life and possibly the single largest expression of Pagan voices ever. John has published articles in numerous periodicals, including Circle magazine, Witches & Pagans, Greenmantle magazine, and the Francophone Lune Bleue: Un Magazine de la Ligue Wiccan Eclectique. He also contributed to Pagan Planet: Being, Believing & Belonging in the 21Century (Moon Books 2016), Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans (2016), and the forthcoming Greening of Religions. He has also presented at numerous conferences, including the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Greening of Religions conference, PantheaCon, and the Mormon Sunstone Symposium (with his wife). He is also the creator and curator of the informational site View all posts by John Halstead

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