Peace March & After the Last Hard Night: More Poems of Deep Change.

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Peace March

The dead unruly prisoners, struggling past time
to have their screams of dread and terror realized
have shattered all the windows and scarred the doors
but never escaped the chambers of their grief.

Amongst themselves they replay the war of
their oppression, lacerating each others’
ghostly bodies in a crazed and futile attempt
to exact justice and set things right.

I have let them suffer their melodrama
far too long. With a new strength derived
from honesty and gratitude, I have opened
the door to the light in which they can rest.

In the sudden bright silence they gather
all their bags and burdens, peacefully
lining up for a stately march into peace.



After the Last Hard Night

The last hard night
broke into pieces that fell
heavily to earth, opening
the sky for light.

In the glimmering dawn
a river of dying hearts
flowed off to the south,
but left no silt of grief.

In the north,
the aching disorder
of deprivation and loss was
replaced by the rule of kindness.

Love became the king and queen,
the mother and father of all,
and the first edict of its new regime
ended all the past.



Author: D. Patrick Miller

Editor: Travis May

Photo: Jakub Klavaty/Flickr

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About D. Patrick Miller

D. Patrick Miller has been a seeker and researcher of spiritual wisdom for over two decades. He is the founder of Fearless Books and the author of a dozen books and over 100 magazine and online articles for such periodicals as Yoga Journal, The Sun, Columbia Journalism Review and San Francisco Chronicle. His research spans a wide variety of subjects, including A Course in Miracles, the Enneagram typology of personality, the I Ching, Jungian psychology, yoga, shamanism, cultism, spirituality in the workplace, psychic phenomena, altered states of consciousness, and advanced human capacities. He is the author of THE FORGIVENESS BOOK: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve (Hampton Roads, 2017), UNDERSTANDING A COURSE IN MIRACLES, and LIVING WITH MIRACLES: A Common Sense Guide to A Course in Miracles. In 2018, Hampton Roads Publishing will release his book HOW TO BE SPIRITUAL WITHOUT BEING RELIGIOUS: Four Steps to Happiness, Wisdom, and Peace. Patrick also provides other writers with editing, independent publishing assistance, and professional representation through Fearless Literary Services. Connect through Facebook and his own author website.


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