It takes a lot of confidence to be this ridiculous.
Radio Plus Coventry held their second annual poetry night to celebrate peace. This year’s event coincided with the start of World War I.
I performed two original poems: ‘Peaceful Things’ and ‘Brother, Let Me Heal You.’
Read ‘Peaceful Things’ here:
I crave the quiet
Crave the still things and the sweeter things
I yearn for silence
The type of silence that fills the room
And fills your heart
Until it bursts
Pieces and pieces of stillness
And uneven movements
Unsettling but hopeful all the same
And are you comforted by the night?
Are you cradled by the rain as it taps on
And on and on and on
Through the wire
And gritted teeth
Even if your heart is heavy
And your house is cold
And you are hungry
Know that better days are coming
Give thanks for all the peaceful things
That have kept you whole
The things that have smiled on you
And given you honey
And morning dew
Offered hands to applaud
To applaud your arrival
In this room
With windows and doors wide open
All the peaceful things keep me balanced
As I wait, watch, listen for the silence.