Peace Is Sanity

Peace Is Sanity 4 is an excerpt from  Peace Building: A Manual for Living Peacefully Every Day: Learning Conciliation, by Carletta Joy Walker. She describes her book as “my action in the face of WMD, real & imagined:

“Art is elixir, art carries cultural story that contributes to words written and not written. Art unites, creates individuality and community. Art helps heal microscopic splits and wounds as well as macroscopic explosions and devastations.” 

Carletta Joy Walker – from interview by J. Wesley Beeks

 

A sharing of my journey

An invitation to listen, hear & walk together

A thank you-

“May our hands of wisdom & our hands of compassion always meet.”

 

Peace Is Sanity 4

In a world of oneness, every time any time I’m hurting you, I’m hurting me; thinking I can forget about you, your needs and wants is delusion.

Your flood, my drought is we problem; this year or the next. Rain doesn’t discriminate, it just rains. It is for us with dominion over earth to work out distribution details.

Air, oil, gold, diamond, uranium, bauxite, wind, calcium, tree, stone, potassium, copper, iron, sun and moon are provided. It is for us little children, big children, adults, single and in pairs, to work out distribution.

In this world of same sun rays bathe kindred skin and same water quench human thirsts and same soils feed all that walks, you hurting me hurts you.

In a time of wonder the body weapon lays down.

 

Carletta was part of Black & Female: What Is the Reality/Black Women’s Health Project organizing directly after the 1983 conference, and currently serves as Co-Chair of Be Present, Inc.’s Board of directors. New York City based poet, writer, artist, storyteller, performer, MC, producer, consultant using media, public and private work to encourage respectful communication, the appreciation of our stories and rhythms as essential elements of our well-being and world-healing. www.joyworkseverywhere.org

 

 

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