How to Keep Peace

15 Aug

Peace comes in packets. It is air-dropped. It has quotas. Not served as an all-you-can-eat buffet, where you stagger out pot-bellied, sated after three helpings of mandarin-marinated calm.  Take your packet and run with it. Rock it crooningly, make it last. Soak in its nourishment for treks through the marshland. Teach your children not to play toss with its doughy white balls. Divide it wisely. Sparingly. Warily. And always stock a crate, a spare stash of easy breath. Label it ‘Fragile’ and ‘This Way Up’.

Look to the sky. Look up in hope. Stretch your arms to the ether so they think you are praying. What do they know, Unbeliever, you’re only reaching, your eyes are only searching, your spirit is only screaming, for your next fix of stasis.

14 Responses to “How to Keep Peace”

  1. R August 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I had a conversation with a friend on very similar lines, earlier today. Only, she was talking about happiness. Her happiness. If I were to replace happiness with peace, I wonder what is worse – no peace or no happiness?
    Lovely writing as always, OJ.

  2. Orange Jammies August 16, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    R: I think they’re interchangeable. If one’s happiness lies in peace. 🙂

  3. Zarine Mohideen August 17, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    How do you make everything sound so beautiful?!

  4. Orange Jammies August 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Zarine Mohideen: I see the world that way.

  5. Aunty G. August 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Three helpings of smiles
    At your innocent wiles
    The main blog’s one
    Responses tw/oo, won
    Just love your expressive styles!

  6. Orange Jammies August 29, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Aunty G: I’m going to take a break from limericking to share that something happened to me yesterday that was very similar to how we met: a first name and email address mix-up again. 🙂 Made me think of you!

  7. Aunty G. August 29, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    You’ll tell the story? Pretty please? Love
    and hugs:-)

  8. Orange Jammies August 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Aunty G: Sure. 🙂 Email or messenger?

  9. Aunty G. August 31, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Huh? Not on a blog? Well, ok, e-mail, then! Ta. Love and hugs:-)

  10. Aunty G. August 31, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    Guest Appearances? Since when? Lovely!

  11. dipali55 September 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    So late here, I was away.

    Peace is precious, peace is rare
    But a girl like OJ
    can create it anywhere.

  12. Orange Jammies September 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Aunty G: Since the beginning of the blog? 😕

    dipali55: Awww! So kind. You’re so kind.

  13. Anindita Sengupta September 6, 2012 at 5:33 am #


  14. Orange Jammies September 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Anindita: Thank you, Anu. And thank you for stopping by, despite being swamped with massive life changes. ((Big hug))

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