May fingers poised on triggers pause.
May hands push back pins and safety catches.
May eyes and ears focussing on targets turn instead,
to the cries of hungry frightened children.
In a heartbeat may all weapons be laid down
and arms raise flags of truce.
May pens sign fair treaties.
May market stalls replace the barricades
and may baskets and bellies be full.
May neighbours greet with smiles.
May communities embrace and join
together to rebuild shattered lives.
May dancing and singing replace weeping.
May there be peace.
© Ali Walters November 11 2014
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