Weaving Love: A Poem

We are the weavers of children

Whether wading, treading, or drowning

Each child needs

A lifeline

As they struggle in turbulent effluent.

 

Sometimes suspension bridges splinter

And they hang mid-air over purgatorial precipices,

Bodies flailing and thrashing.

 

And so we come,

The weavers,

Bringing strong cordage and twine of seraphic gossamer

To silence their cries and give them hope.

 

For we know the secret.

We have only to pluck the hairs from atop our heads,

Begin intertwining them with peaceful future words

And thus create:

Blankets to keep them cool on hot summer days

Or safety nets for acrophobic trapeze artists

 

With love we

Spin arks to race arid currents,

Or create buoyant suits that deflect each incoming wave.

As we weave at our numinous looms,

Our fingers deft

To find places where weft meets warp

And make fibers of

Ethereal clouds to moisten parched radices.

 

Even when eyes grow weary of patterns too subtle for children to see,

Or when aching backs and cramping forearms make for troublesome twining

And our hands become bloodied by sharp sutures from the unknowing

Or the insane,

We must endure

 

We are the weavers,

Intertwining and intersecting,

Spinning fibrous cable that children cling to

Or wrap around waists

Before plunging into cavernous incarnations

To discover,

In the depths,

A reflection of the future

A reflection of themselves

A reflection

Of the peace weaver they can become.

 

A teacher, Laurie Woodward is the author of  several novels including Forest Secrets, and the fantasy series The Artania ChroniclesShe also co-wrote Dean and JoJoThe Dolphin Legacy and was a collaborator on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. Bullied as a child, Laurie is now an award-winning peace consultant, poet,  and blogger who helps teach children how to avoid arguments, stop bullying, and maintain healthy friendships. She writes her novels on the Central Coast of California.

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