Seventh stand–New Year’s Eve 2011
Excerpt from Building Ordinary: Standing for peace after Zap! Bam! Pow!:
Okay, it wasn’t exactly Zap! Bam! Pow! We had words.
Saturday, the last day of 2011, in our mini version of The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering, Sharon and I stood for peace in front of City Hall for the sixth week in a row. We’d had a rough morning.
The sky is leaking as we catch the train, the clouds heavy and menacing. A chill wind whips our umbrellas.
We sit on the train, each silently seeking that center place, that heart place of compassion, understanding, forgiveness. By the time we arrive, we smile at one another, calm.
Amazingly, somehow, the dark, hovering clouds lift and part for the hour we stand. Homeless men wish us a happy new year as we lean into the wind, arms close to our bodies.
Too many of them, sleeping out here in the cold and rain last night. My heart aches for the lost souls we discard so easily, for whom we cannot find shelter.
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