Nicole Taylor

Peace Celebration at the Library Plaza

Salem. Shalom. Peace. Aloha.
Chemeketa. A resting place for
peace. Windows for peace on nearby
wall tile. Peaceful faces photographed.

There is always
something to be learned.
says a young Quaker man,
studying Quaker beliefs.

Peace is not
a spectator sport,
Polly tells the crowd.

A friend for a reason,
for a season,
says one reminding me
a busy friend.

If you can't see God in all 
you can't see God at all,
says a Middle Eastern lady from 
the Women's Coalition.

Peace like a river
is sung after
awards and plaques given.

What do you think?,
asks my friend Katie,
disagreeing with the anti-war activists.

—Nicole Taylor

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