Where Does it Begin?

Where Does it Begin?

What is peace? Where
does it begin? In cessation
of all hostilities? Between
countries, nations, ideologies?

Lack of a need for all boundaries
between states, communities,
cities and towns? End of
competition between schools,

religions, students, rivals, sisters
and brothers, fathers and sons?
But then I remember that single
moment of utter stillness.

Years ago, buried under time
passing, other lives lived, both
remembered and sometimes
forgotten in need to continue.

That one moment, silent and still.
World stopped, Universe holding
its breath, everything waiting
for me to hear sound of my own

single heartbeat.

Elizabeth Crawford 5/29/2019

Process Notes: Biographical and true. At age 27, I had a spiritual experience. A singular moment of awareness in which I knew that the only thing I could ever change was me. I am now 73 and still see myself as a work in progress. Image is a template I made from one of my doodles and colored it with India Ink, then gave it a digital background.

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12 Responses to Where Does it Begin?

  1. kanzensakura says:

    Just like the song says, Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. 73 years old and still a work in progress! I hope I can say that at 73, a few years hence.


  2. Oh, that moment of stillness and awareness. Interestingly, I was 27 when I had that same moment of realizing my life was now my own, that I was free to be myself……..no longer under my ex’s control. It was an epiphany. I had another moment, that year, when I read Desiderata and teared up at the words “you are a child of the universe. No less than the moon and the stars, you have a right to be here.” Something I had never felt before that moment. It was a watershed year. I still had more years of Horrible to get through (thanks to the next horrible man), but I was on my way.

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  3. susanstoo says:

    Yes. Years ago, “buried under time passing” we had a moment. If only everyone would remember and decide to meet there.

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  4. Peace, where does it begin, once fragmented. I still await its perfect form in my country of birth, Northern Ireland…

    Sorry Eileen, Google wouldn’t accept my password. I do really like your poem and agree that life doesn’t thrive without peace.


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  5. KT Workman says:

    Years ago, I read a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, something about a person is as happy in life as they make up their mind to be. That was my ah-ha moment. Since then, I’ve made an effort to not let other people, and tough situations, bring me down. Doesn’t always work, but I try.

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  6. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    The poem is saying to me that peace comes moment by moment, not is some grand, flashy entrance. In fact, the entrance of peace may come so unobtrusively that we are not even aware of its presence at first. But when we do become aware, then we begin to cultivate it with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

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  7. Sumana Roy says:

    A peaceful person is at peace with the world. The world will remain as it is. Only we need to change. A very important truth you’ve spoken about.

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  8. Marja says:

    Love the contemplation and than the moment of stillness. Love this beautiful stanza “Years ago, buried under time passing, other lives lived, both remembered and sometimes
    forgotten in need to continue.
    Great image as well

    Thank you, Marja. I really liked your ‘white stone’ as well. But Google wouldn’t allow me to leave a comment.



  9. thotpurge says:

    I think that moment of total awareness and awakening is yet to come… but I feel myself propelled towards it…. like it’s just round a corner, somewhere.


  10. robtkistner says:

    Seems to me Elizabeth, you are saying peace begins eith us, when we are born. I agree and thst responsibility lives with us everyday until our ladt heartbeat.


  11. Heavy responsibility, I’m still chugging along. Adore that art work.


  12. oldegg says:

    I think the awareness of self and being statisfied with you is the answer, for we will always be dissatisfied if we want to be like someone else.


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