Independence Day

On Independence Day I wave the flag
of the present moment.
Something in my chest melts away
the borders of all nations.
I am a citizen of the earth today,
proud to be a child of one human family.
My religion is wonder.
I am searching for a new song,
not about bombs bursting in air,
but about peace, about the land, about peonies
bursting in the silence of my garden.
please hold a space of stillness
in your heart tonight
for the deer who shiver in the green belt,
for sparrows who tremble in blackberry bushes,
for dogs and cats who do not understand
this human thunder,
and for the soldiers of our never-ending war
who shut their windows and hug themselves,
shaking and shaking in the dark.

Artist: Josephine Wall