Yes, I am cross posting and also creating a found haiku from this poem.
Thank you to Violet at Violet Nesdoly | Poems for hosting Poetry Friday.
Throughout January in Oregon, one can find many celebrations honoring William Stafford born this month.
With the political climate and this day, I went to the files of Stafford in search of an appropriate poem to share. From Poetry Foundation:
We wondered what our walk should mean,
taking that un-march quietly;
the sun stared at our signs— “Thou shalt not kill.”
Men by a tavern said, “Those foreigners . . .”
to a woman with a fur, who turned away—
like an elevator going down, their look at us.
Along a curb, their signs lined across,
a picket line stopped and stared
the whole width of the street, at ours: “Unfair.”
Above our heads the sound truck blared—
by the park, under the autumn trees—
it said that love could fill the atmosphere:
Occur, slow the other fallout, unseen,
on islands everywhere—fallout, falling
unheard. We held our poster up to shade our eyes.
At the end we just walked away;
no one was there to tell us where to leave the signs.
William Stafford, “Peace Walk” from The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by William Stafford.
An interesting piece about this POEM
FOUND HAIKU FROM PEACE MARCH
a picket line stopped
wondered what our walk should mean
held our poster up
their signs lined across
love could fill the atmosphere
slow the other fallout