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I Pray for Peace
by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
Monday, August 10, 2009
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...will you join me for Peace and Love?


I pray for peace and find
it exists right in my back yard.

Feral/semi-feral cats come to feed
  and water
Squirrels come to feed and water
Birds come to feed and water
right in my back yard.

'Tho they eye one another
with a bit of scepticism
they all have their own sustinance;
no need to harm one another.

They are all welcomed in my back yard,
as there is love provided
in their feed and water,
and they absorb and learn well.

As I watch out my  window I see
a variety of birds feeding at seed-troughs,
and just two feet away I see
Poof (where's Whiffen?) stretched out
serenely, never in stance to pounce.

Soon a lone squirrel joins in the feeding -
squirrels enjoy the sunflower seed.
No birds flitter away in fright,
nor does the cat intimidate.

No need for filled-out forms;
no tax-exemption do I request;
no government red-tape involved...
I follow the Way of St. Francis of Assisi.

"Where there is hatred...let me sow Love
Where there is injury...Pardon
Where there is doubt...Faith
Where there is despair...Hope

If we can bring together
these creatures of the air,
these creatures of land and trees,
how much more can be done...with love.

I pray for peace and find
it exists right in my back yard.
And while praying, I remember...
"It is in Giving...that we receive..."

© Jackie (Micke) Jinks, August 2009

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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 9/1/2009
I agree with you that we all need to think this way. Beautiful sonnet for peace!

Reviewed by Richard Arrington 8/27/2009
Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/22/2009
peace has always been a vision of immense caring and understanding for me -- it takes but one aggressor to foil the most peaceful environ -- and man, has the uncanny knack to accomplish the role of aggressor with ease -- peace and love my friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 8/14/2009
Beautiful writing sweet lady as always...leaving for a couple of weeks on medical business...stay safe and well..OK..Hugss
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/13/2009
I absolutely love watching squirrels... and your philosophy in the write.
Reviewed by Walter Jones 8/13/2009
It is the window we create, for life deals its game, we are players, each a voice seeking, so perfect or close, a smile and a memory, peace, a strange word, like silence, love, a sound echo, special lady you are, keep the pen flowing, fighting the fight, I pray for your health and smile... best day you can have, and better.. Walt
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 8/12/2009
oh...very well penned...dear Jackie , enjoyed it. loved it.
Best and Warm wishes.neerja
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 8/12/2009
Micke...this is overwelmingly beautiful...thanks for the lift.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/12/2009
Micke, this is not only outstanding, it needs to be printed and sent to the news media,and our congress! You really soar with this gem,one of your best!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/12/2009
A pure joy to read and contemplate.
Reviewed by jude forese 8/11/2009
i really like what you capture in this poem ... nice!
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/11/2009
Noble, elegant thoughts and yes, our own back yards are as good as anywhere to start. Thank you for this wonderful poem.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/11/2009
... we need look no further than our own backyards and indeed that is the very place we should start! :)) You are a very fine example of your own words here, Micke, and a loving model to follow. Bless you... From now on I'll call you Frank instead of Micke(y)!!! :)) xx
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 8/11/2009
Amen to this, Micke. If only we could spread the Peace
and Love that exists in your own backyard. -gene.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/11/2009
Amen and Amen! your heart is bursting with ripe fruit in this delicious write Micke. And I have to say that Michele and I have the same kind of experience in our own back yard after work. She loves to feed the birds and the squirrels and even the occasional field rat (that I eventually take care of with my pellet gun). Sometimes 30 or 40 come by for the handouts of grain and nuts and fruit and to visit.
Blessings of love and peace 2U ...
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 8/11/2009
I think what you have written because I see it everyday. I never thought to pray or write about it. This is beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful day.
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 8/11/2009
This is such a wonderful poem!I love St. Francis to.Sometimes when speaking of peace I have prayers og peace for the world etc. which are fine- but your is very down to earth and something we can experience every day. Wonderfuly done!

With Love,
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/11/2009
I pray for peace,
and find,
it exists right in my back yard.

My own backyard has taught me many lessons as well, Micke; as have Earth's many wondrous creatures. If only we had more followers of St. Francis, today.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/11/2009
Excellent write, Jackie. Great lessons to be learned from this writing and in your back yard. God bless.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 8/11/2009
Living with boundaries closed to wild forest we drive carefully around here, young foxes would sit by the road to look at passing cars, cheeky squirrels will dart across with traffic disregard, birds will follow you for a while and between the trees a deer will curiously glance at your curious glance.


Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/10/2009
Oh Jackie what a heartfelt prayer....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/10/2009
Beautiful serenity in this Pray(er) for Peace - well done, Jackie.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/10/2009
Thank you for sharing these most worthy thoughts, Jackie. Love, peace, and blessings to you,

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 8/10/2009
Dear Micke, you have truly warmed the cockles of my heart, it was as if you were here, standing next to me, feeling and thinking the same, and now that I am in the bunker typing, St. Francis prayer hangs not far from me. I have tended a little baby Robin, now fully grown and healthy, except for his little leg, his back talon is bend forward, and his ankle is weak so that he walkes like a penquin with one foot, he keeps on pulling on that back talon to straighten it out, I had asked for assistance from a bird vet, but she doesn't do wild birds, and the wild bird care centre, don't garantee to fix it, between string and bubble gum so far no luck. I have let it lose in my backyard paradise for the last week, but guess what, it flies of the highest trees and lands on my head making a racket as robins do, I am not trying to tame it, it's free in the backyard for at least eight hours a day,eats, splashes in the water fountain, etc, it has adopted me though I think, and I am worried, for it gets bitter cold here, I might if it doesn't leave on its own, build him a sanctuary in my studio for the winter. Me thinks St. Francis is laughing at me.
Thanks for the joyful read. Hugs! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/10/2009
I have enjoyed the same scene in my own backyard as my daughter has many feeders and water stations and my dog Mac usually lets leave and let live. I'm afraid only when Christ returns will there be peace when all are gathered as one in faith.
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