May the child be at peace.
May the child’s peace radiate to all in her grasp.
May the child’s peace radiate to all whose grasp she is within.
May the pedophile be at peace, and the coyote.
May the child soldiers’ commander be at peace.
May the commander’s arms dealer be at peace
and the arms maker
and the investor
and the pensioner
and the inventor of money.
And you and I, my friends, and you and I.
Karina Lutz is a writer, editor, teacher, and lifelong activist. She helped secure passage of sustainable energy legislation, thwart a proposed megaport, and restore wetlands in her home watershed of Narragansett Bay, RI. In 2013, she received honorable mention from Homebound Publications Poetry Prize for her manuscript, Preliminary Visions. Her poems have been published by Tulane Review, Blueline, Written River, The Wayfarer, Poecology, Bleeding Lion, Buddhist Poetry Review, and Green Living Journal and one is pending publication in The Transnational. She has performed her epic peace poem, “Encircling Earth,” at dozens of venues in New England.