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We pray for peace in the world.
We pray for Mars and Venus to conjoin
     in love, not war.
We pray for suicide bombers to choose
     life over heaven.
We pray for peace marchers to have love
     in their hearts, not hatred.
We pray for children to have food in their stomachs,
     not empty bellies.
We pray for money to buy drugs to treat leprosy.
We pray for those who research a cure for AIDS.
We pray for the emerald mountains of Columbia
     that the farmers who live in those green
     valleys may live there in peace.
We pray for God to save Allah and Allah to save
     Buddha and Buddha to save Shiva and Shiva
     to save the Virgin Mary, mother of us all.
We pray for the eternal soul of the anima mundi.
We pray, beloved, for spirit.
We pray the earth's prayer, that the silent ground become sacred.
We pray for surrender of all Weapons of Mass Destruction.
We pray for surrender in the arms of our beloved.
We pray for heaven on earth—now, not later.
We pray for peace, not revenge.
We pray to live in peace, because the suffering of a single child
     is not worth all the world's religions.
We pray for a full harvest, we pray for rain,
     for summer, spring and fall.
We pray for an end to nuclear weapons, biochemical weapons,
     and to all other kinds of weaponry.
We pray for the newborn baby to find comfort.
We pray, beloved, for a peaceful end to all wars.
We pray for this prayer of peace to be heard by the people
     of this earth.
We pray, beloved.
We pray to the Christians and Jews and Muslims and Hindus
     and Buddhists and Sikhs and Taoists and Confucians
     for an end to conflict.
We pray: do nothing. We pray: kill nobody.
We pray: sacrifice not even a single child in the name.
Beloved. | Poems | Beloved
Wave Goddess
The Wave Goddess
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Zonailo attended ...
CZ is a visionary poet who writes with compassion and careful detail about the world she lives in.
GoddessThe Goddess in the Garden combines mystical insight and sensual language to evoke a timeless meadow where humans and deities play out eternal passions.
She draws on her study of mythology, astrology, and Jungian psychology, for a seemingly inexhaustible source of imagery.
There is a quality in her work which makes all her poems hers, but Zonailo’s style does differ. Compendium is a collection of short, lyrical poetry; Zone 5 of prose. Each book is an extension of her poetic exploration and a separate expression.
Over the years of sitting in Grant's Cafe or the Europa and talking poetry with Lewis Gretsinger, the questions have been asked: why write? what are you saying? what are your poetics?
Last Will and Testament
I give my soul to God.
I give my body to the earth.
I give my poems to posterity.
I give my spirit to tolerance.
I give my mind to the future.
Forthcoming Titles
The Land of Motionless ChildhoodThe Land of Motionless Childhood is a memoir of short stories by Carolyn Zonailo about growing up in Vancouver, and her Doukhobor heritage.
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CZPictures of CZ from her 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Literary Papers
Spanning the years 1955 to 2005, the Carolyn Zonailo Papers holds, as nearly as possible, a currently complete collection of Zonailo's extant literary papers.
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