Tag Archives | Swords into plowshares

Laura Madeline Wiseman | Selected poems

If We Ride the Road First Thing, Then We Debate Until the Blue say it’s what fell from a volcanic explosion that launched fire into the air, how allies and enemies stood together on crags to witness the smoldering ash that would record a civilization by fresco. Say it’s evidence of a deeper wound, a test that was failed, an obstacle that shouldn’t’ve been passed, like some of our own—the […]

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Margaret Wheatley | Warriors for the human spirit

Warriors for the human spirit are leaders and activists brave enough to resist using fear and aggression to accomplish their work. Instead they train with discipline and confidence to develop the skillful means of compassion and insight. They aspire to use their influence and power to offer sane and life-affirming responses in this time of constant threats to the human spirit.  And they train as a community that continues well […]

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Colin Beavan | Beyond pragmatic pacifism

I used to be what I called a “pragmatic pacifist.” That is, I got to be outraged about the very principle of military force when I didn’t agree with its use and got to shrug my shoulders and be a “pragmatist” when I did. Take, for example, the recent U.S. dropping of the “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan—I felt outrage—and the “surgical strike” in Syria to deter the future use of baby-killing chemical weapons—I […]

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Janet Reed | Human makeover and other poems

Human Makeover We begin with parts of speech: is, am, was, were, the liminal spaces — points of entry like piers on the Mississippi, the subject of river, the object of mud one noun dependent on the other’s object. How is it that mud inhibits progress? The condition or state of being in -ly terms, hungrily, dangerously, sadly, perfectly? Is it predicate or predicament, the difference between mire and sail– […]

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