I love this morning’s poem about peace on the Rattle Magazine website: Abby E. Murray’s “The New Year Makes a Request.” Somehow, Murray implies, the new year knows we’re all wishing for global peace in the coming months.
who will destroy the guns? the dictators?—from “The New Year Makes a Request,” by Abby E. Murray
the injustice? we shriek. Who will bring us
what we’re waiting for?
We are waiting for it. And wishing for it. We’re like the Miss Congeniality beauty-pageant contestants who all claim world peace as their most coveted personal and professional goal. They really do want world peace, it seems, but we suspect that what they really want is the crown.
I’m no expert in making peace on a global scale. All my life, though, I’ve had great teachers who’ve demonstrated how to start small. Their classrooms, sanghas, and workshops have been environments where acceptance and cooperation are expected—those values are the rule. The teachers have taught with every act, with their very lives.
The Llewellyn’s 2024 Witches’ Datebook (a wise and entertaining text) advises action before casting spells:
Before you crack open the Books of Shadows [spellbook for practicing witches], take some time to figure out what you are asking for. Then ask how you can attain it without magick . . . the extra effort you put out in the real world can only enhance your magick.Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2024, by Elizabeth Barrette et al.