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For Our World

Posted in Poetry by Solveig Hansen on 2016/09/11

It’s been 15 years since 9/11. Young poet and peacemaker Mattie Stepanek (1990-2004) wrote this poem, For Our World, on September 9, 2011.

 

For Our World

We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment…
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment…
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment…
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice…
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment…
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

 
Matthew J.T. Stepanek ©
September 11, 2001
mattieonline.com

Hope Through Heartsongs (Hyperion, 2002)
Just Peace: A Message of Hope (AMP, 2006)

 
Listen to Mattie reading his poem:

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