These are profoundly divisive times, when hope for negotiations has given way to despair and bombs, and the slow and painful work of building civil society is crumbling before those who choose the language of brutality and hate. How many more innocents shall we sacrifice on the altar of “justified” war?

We mourn for the newest victims of violence in the Middle East. Close to 500 civilians now lie in fresh graves in Lebanon, Israel, and Gaza. Twenty percent of Lebanese have become refugees, $4 billion in infrastructure has been destroyed in Lebanon, and the population of northern Israel is residing in bomb shelters.

In this time of escalating violence, the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) calls on our government to work for an immediate cease-fire. Nothing good can be accomplished by authorizing the relentless progress of death.

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The shadows deepen as
dusk enters the cooling forest.

The man and his woman
court a labored breath, stopping to kiss,
then groping beneath loosened garments,
entering a world of seekers
oblivious to the coming frost.

Paw prints, off to the north, engraved
in shining moss, and two deer
sniff silent air, toe dampened soil.

A squirrel settles lonesome in the leaves.
Trees turn black.

First published in Domicile

October 2019
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