The Lord said to Joshua…“On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times blowing the trumpets…as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet…the wall of the city will fall down flat…” (Joshua 6, greatly abridged)
The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (1 Corinthians 15.52b)
Tho’ manifold are the forms and ways of communication –
with hands of gesticulation
and facial expressions
(lips upturned in smiles or pursed in frowns,
eyes widened, eyebrows raised) –
at some point, at several points, at all points,
in order to conversate, we humans must use words…
which, as symbols, point beyond themselves to realities,
which they, as creative, created speech, seek to conceive, then encompass
so, to communicate understanding one to another.
So, whether with mouth sounding or hands moving
‘tis a trumpet that blares
capable of bringing down walls of misunderstanding’s separation
and raising the dead left in the wake of quarrel, making possible reconciliation.
That word, the word is “peace.”
Dare we learn it.
Dare we use it.
Dare we make it.