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Live Oak Grange Peace Pole Ceremony

Do A Drive-by, bicycle or walk to 1900 17th Ave (GRange Hall) between Capitola Ave and Soquel to see the reclaimed old growth redwood six-sided Peace Pole - now planted & dedicated as a declaration of our deeply held values
Saturday's Peace Pole planting ceremony at the Live Oak Grange was a powerful mix, between Ellen Bass with her Pray for Peace poem and Santa Cruz Woody's new peace song, represetatives from our Sister Cities and new Cuban Alliance, and a Native American opening. Al Davis, who has been to our sister city Alushta (in the Ukraine) many times and who has "May Peace Prevail on Earth" as a frame on his car license plate(!) brought an original 'may peace prevail on Earth' song.. And Corrina brought her PlaNetweaver poem.

Granma in a dream visits horseman
tears so wet her grandchild might could drown
same eyes generation to child down to child
weepy eyes unfinished in pain
abuses piled up
grief imbued in her dream

Same granma living in a dream
living with street man
spirit so thirsty her life did drown
same heartbreak generation to child down to child
native granma pain drowns in street man's woes
love losses more real than pain will allow

One more granma loving horseman in his dream
spirit heartbreak weeps in generation's eyes
same eyes generation to child down to child
time twisted heartbreak drowns in their past
she in a dream visits her child through tears

One more generation…granma changes time
offering beauty ways to horseman
living beauty ways for the generationsdream ways loving generation to child down to child

One more granma living in her dreamtime
a brand new skin arrives in this dream
might could be same granma comes again
one more granma generation to child down to child
laughs and cries as she toddles around
And this one's granma?
Wipes all the women's tears.

Honor the Ancestors Cultural Celebration, Costanoa, California 11/01

The Lichen breaks down the rock
and the tree root lifts up the curb
and if one by one we talk of peace
together our Voice will be heard..
Santa Cruz Woody

Pray for Peace by Ellen Bass

Pray to whomever you kneel down to:
Jesus nailed to his wooden or marble or plastic cross,
his suffering face bent to kiss you,
Buddha still under the Bo tree in scorching heat,
Adonai, Allah, raise your arms to Mary
that she may lay her palm on our brows,
to Shekinhah, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
to Inanna in her stripped descent.

Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, Record Keeper
of time before, time now, time ahead, pray. Bow down
to terriers and shepherds and siamese cats.
Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries.

Pray to the bus driver who takes you to work,
pray on the bus, pray for everyone riding that bus
and for everyone riding buses all over the world.
If you haven't been on a bus in a long time,
climb the few steps, drop some silver, and pray.
Waiting in line for the movies, for the ATM,
for your latté and croissant, offer your plea.
Make your eating and drinking a supplication.
Make your slicing of carrots a holy act,
each translucent layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.

Make the brushing of your hair
a prayer, every strand its own voice,
singing in the choir on your head.
As you wash your face, the water slipping
through your fingers, a prayer: Water,
softest thing on earth, gentleness
that wears away rock.

Making love, of course, is already a prayer.
Skin and open mouths worshipping that skin,
the fragile case we are poured into,
each caress a season of peace.

If you're hungry, pray. If you're tired.
Pray to Gandhi and Dorothy Day.
Shakespeare. Sappho. Sojourner Truth.
Pray to the angels and the ghost of your grandfather.

When you walk to your car, to the mailbox,
to the video store, let each step
be a prayer that we all keep our legs,
that we do not blow off anyone else's legs.
Or crush their skulls.
And if you are riding on a bicycle
or a skateboard, in a wheel chair, each revolution
of the wheels a prayer that as the earth revolves
we will do less harm, less harm, less harm.

And as you work, typing with a new manicure,
a tiny palm tree painted on one pearlescent nail
or delivering soda or drawing good blood
into rubber-capped vials, writing on a blackboard
with yellow chalk, twirling pizzas, pray for peace.

With each breath in, take in the faith of those
who have believed when belief seemed foolish,
who persevered. With each breath out, cherish.

Pull weeds for peace, turn over in your sleep for peace,
feed the birds for peace, each shiny seed
that spills onto the earth, another second of peace.
Wash your dishes, call your mother, drink wine.

Shovel leaves or snow or trash from your sidewalk.
Make a path. Fold a photo of a dead child
around your VISA card. Gnaw your crust
of prayer, scoop your prayer water from the gutter.
Mumble along like a crazy person, stumbling
your prayer through the streets.


You dreamed this awake
World citizens
Who know the Earth’s at stake
We dedicate Our Lives to you who dared to say
We could be so much more,
there’s got to be another way..

One day in each of us rebellion rose
And Old World B/Orders could not keep us bound
Remember when they said the world is flat
And one by one we dared to say, It’s Round!

The Renaissance of open hearts has come
And lucid minds that readily discern
One global family dressed in diverse form
One common heart to beat in our return

The undercurrent starts to overflow
Compassion is the warmth by which we see
The energy that weaves this planet dance
Yet Passion is the driving quality

We plant our feet with passion on the earth
And passion gives us wings to fly
And as we all aspire, Passion is the fire
That feeds and fuels each solitary cry

It’s time to ground the visions that we brings
To firmly anchor in each separate part
There’s no one obsolete or useless thing
As this picture born of peace brings home our heart.
Corrina Cop Rain Earth Day 1992


(..And may peace prevail on earth.)

Every night I say a prayer.
May we learn the way to care,
May we have enough to share,
With all people, everywhere,
May we know each others' worth,
And may peace prevail on earth.



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