I hear other names for You – The Inviolable One,
God, Allah, Wakantanka, Higher Power,
The Ineffable. But why bother,
when You call to me by no name at all and I come.
Neither of us have a word for each other
And even that is nobody’s business but Ours.
So let’s forget such partitions as names
and discuss this April day within,
which captures birds in flight
and all their eggs and songs
in one straight deed of liberation.
The mighty have fallen around this peace.
But let’s not get into that, when every moment
is roses, and the scent You gives off tastes
in my nose like Now.
Like Forever. Like Now.
All I want from You is nothing.
Peace is a dance, after all.
Peace moves. Peace laughs.
And Peace’s discussion is boughs of trees,
light, carriages, actors at their bent,
bravery in and out of action,
for after all, what, what, what
in this world is possibly not roses?
Bruce Moody is a Berkeley poet and memebr of the Benicia First Tuesday Poetry group. This poem was an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Benicia Love Poetry Contest.