On a Line from AA Young

all weapons,    the poetess tells me,     should
be melted into a temple built
to honor peace.          o optimistic thought!
o joyful vision!          yes,   let all tools serve
creation not as instruments of dark
nor dire deeds,     no longer of destruction
but tools of abundance building futures
according to a more affirmative
vision not only for humanity,

but also all sentient creatures   —   this to
raise the question:          what does it mean to be
sentient?          a cognition of life and self,
suffering and joy and all experience
in relation to context and chaos?

david m pitchford
12 May 2012
*See: Things You Cannot Write


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