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Sarah Arvio


I sat in a field full of peas and fed
once long ago

hulling the fresh green peas

and eating them raw
from the palm of my hand

Each a green
a kind of green dream

in the peaceful field before my life was lived

fielding the future
                  as I grazed the peas

I can hear myself saying
                                         please oh please

pleading for something I didn’t yet know

Had I known
                         I might have said
give me some fresh green peas

give me a handful of peace
Let me graze
                         in the grace of the field

Peace peace!
would you hold yours please

Did I say peace and grace

I ask is the peaceable possible


Sarah Arvio reads “Peas”

Sarah Arvio’s new book is Cry Back My Sea.