IN OUR OWN WORDS, FALL 2011
THE LITERARY JOURNAL FROM BURNING BUSH PUBLICATIONS

 

WINNER OF THE BURNING BUSH POETRY PRIZE FOR 2011:

Directions to Peace
Anne McCrady

Start early.
Leave the house
of your hopelessness.
Wear only clothes
that are comfortable.
Go calmly to the home
of those who seem to hate
you. Knock softly.
Carry a small gift
or piece of fruit
suitable for sharing.
Greet your host
with expressions of peace.
Upon entering,
remove your shoes
and your grudges.
Take the chair
that is offered to you.
Eat what is served.
Listen to stories
with the delight
of a child. Laugh,
at yourself.
Stay as long
as you need to.
Promise to return
the favor of friendship.
Keep your promise.

 

 

Anne McCrady's writing has appeared internationally in literary journals, magazines and online. Her book of poems, Along Greathouse Road, won the 2003 Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Manuscript Award,and her collection, Under a Blameless Moon, won the 2007 Pudding House Chapbook Prize. She welcomes visitors to her website, www.InSpiritry.com.

 

 

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