from 1953 until 1981, she walked 25,000 miles,
on a pilgrimage for peace. She walked
until given shelter, fasted until given food.
"I shall remain a wanderer until mankind
has learned the way of peace," I decided
and, thus, my journey began.
I walked through all fifty states,
the ten provinces of Canada,
and parts of Mexico,
spreading my message of peace:
peace among nations, among people,
and within oneself.
Sometimes I slept in ditches,
with only a newspaper to cover me
from the cold.
On one occasion, after 45 days
of prayer and fasting,
I had the most beautiful dream.
The nations were arming for war.
I spoke to them, but they would not listen.
I wept for them; they paid no attention.
And then I saw that the people of the world
were praying with me.
A luminous mist was rising,
a radiant being emerging.
'Put up your swords
or perish by the sword!' he said,
in a voice like thunder.
And the nations of the world
put up their swords.
People of the world, let us join together.
Join me in my prayer for peace.
Send your messages of peace
to all the leaders of the world.
If millions share the same vision
if a billion voices are heard,
a change will come across the land
and peace will no longer be
only a dream.
The Peace Pilgrim's death was untimely, a head on collision as she was being driven to a speaking engagement.
"Free of earth, free as air,
now you travel everywhere."
-five of Peace's friends, in Sante Fe,
upon her passing.
for Susan's prompt at Mid Week Motif: honoring Our Elders. I thought of Peace Pilgrim, who lived a most amazing life. The italicized words are taken from Peace Pilgrim's writings.