Holding on to peace

Hold the peace in my left hand.
Hold the peace in my right hand.
Join my hands together. Peace -
Between my folded hands. Peace -
Held quietly in front of me.

Hold the hands up to my lips,
Breathe in the space between my hands.
This is where I’ll hold it. Breathe,
Breathe in, hands fisted at my mouth,
My peace, here with me.

(painting of my son, Andrew (6), on Wicklow Cliffs.)