Flowers of Peace
About sixty-five people stood with their candles on
the night of Monday, January 1, 2007, at the vigil to
mourn the human loss from the war in Iraq. ?It was a
poignant evening.

There were many things that evening that were
quietly powerful. ?

One was at the very beginning when we simply stood
there listening to the Pete Seeger song, "Flowers of
Peace," and a singular husky sob coming from a
man led the tears of others.

Another was when cars slowed respectfully while
passing in front of us. ?There seemed to be a
connected understanding of why we were there and
what it meant for all of us.

The most powerful was the presence there of
courage and deep love that is too personal to share.

All of our efforts toward peace and justice add to the
sum, and they're all valuable to do. We are grateful
for all of us who struggle toward that goal in any way
that is meaningful to each of us.
This photo was taken by John Deeth. ?This and other photos
can be found on John's blog at
http://jdeeth.blogspot.com
(Scroll down to John's Jan. 1 blog.)
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FLOWERS OF PEACE
by Pete Seeger

Oh the summertime is coming, and the leaves are sweet returning
But those flowers of peace, it's for them I'm really yearning

Will they bloom, ever bloom?
Will they bloom in the springtime?
Oh you flowers of peace
When the world should be ringtime
Will ye bloom, ever bloom?

I built my love a bower by a clear, crystal river
But the thing her heart desires is a thing I cannot give her

Will they bloom, ever bloom?
Will they bloom in the springtime?
Oh you flowers of peace
When the world should be ringtime
Will ye bloom, ever bloom?

Oh providence smiled impassive, when I fell on bended knee
Said, the lives of your empires are no more than swarms of bees

If you and I would see those flowers, get up and rouse your neighbors
When first the seed I'd planted, it takes long and careful labor

Then they'll bloom, ever bloom?
Then you'll bloom in the springtime?
Oh you flowers of peace
And the world will be in ringtime
Then you'll bloom, ever bloom?

If you and I would see those flowers, go out and till the fertile soil
It will take more than prayers, it takes hard and sweaty toil

Then they'll bloom, ever bloom?
Then you'll bloom in the springtime?
Oh you flowers of peace
And the world will be in ringtime
Then you'll bloom, ever bloom?
The version of this song that was
listened to the night of the vigil can be
heard by clicking here. ?The name of
the artist singing is unknown.

The song will open another window,
and you can minimize that window to
read the lyrics while you listen if you
wish.
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Music
A playlist of the songs played and sang at
the vigl is
here.
A playlist of the songs played
and sang at the vigl is
here.