Prayers. Sorrows. Peace.








Keith Lyndaker Schlabach lives in Mt. Rainier, Maryland near Washington D.C. He divides his time between contemplative writing, wood inlay, and attempting to live out the peaceable kingdom as husband to Rachelle, father of two children and friend to several dogs, cats and a bunny. He is also the managing editor for PeaceSigns, the online news magazine of the Peace and Justice Support Network, where this poem originally appeared.

prayer flags
petitions of peace
mere words on fragile paper
hang across the window

amidst cold snow
the birds seek sustenance
found in gifted seed

to winter sky
we cast our hope
watch cared creatures feast
and ponder the worth of
we and sparrows

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