We are the weavers of children
Whether wading, treading, or drowning
Each child needs
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,
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
In the depths,
A reflection of the future
A reflection of themselves
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 Chronicles. She also co-wrote Dean and JoJo: The 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.