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Author: Ellen Jane Powers
Location: Massachusetts

diamond icon Ellen Jane Powers' work has recently appeared in The Comstock Review, the Aurorean, and Inspirit. Her full-length manuscript, Toward the Beloved, was a semi-finalist in a recent Perugia Press contest.

Psalm for Peace

Through the forest of purple rhododendron,
with my hair loose down my back,
I come to the red mountain.

I come to a monument of stones veiled
in wild grape, a mandala before my eyes.

I look east, then south, lie face down
on the red earth, with my head
toward the western sky.

I speak of you, you the peacemaker,
for nothing will offend you.

You add a stone to the heavenly city of Jerusalem.

I salute the I AM in you.

I give your name to the mountain wind.

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