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 Halstead is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which works to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” (ecopagan.com). He strives to live up to the challenge posed by the statement through his writing and activism. John has written for numerous online platforms, including Patheos, Huffington Post, PrayWithYourFeet.org, and here at Gods & Radicals. He is Editor-at-Large of HumanisticPaganism.com. John also edited the anthology, "Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans". He is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community which can be found at GodisChange.org. View all posts by John Halstead

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