What is Peace?
Words: Charles Anthony Silvestri
Duration: 4 minutes
Voices: SATB or SSAA chorus
Instrumentation: Unaccompanied or with harp/piano
Publisher: Kim André Arnesen Music
From movement 3 of "Tuvayhun - Beatitudes for a Wounded World.
"What is Peace?" is from movement 3 of "Tuvayhun - Beatitudes for a Wounded World where it follows Matt 5:9 from the beatitudes, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
Peace is not a silent state
That comes upon us from within—
Serene, detached, oblivious.
Peace is not a force like rain
That comes, unbidden, from above—
Gentle, enfolding, natural.
Peace is fire! Yes, peace is fire!
And peace is passion!
Peace requires a strength of will,
A certain courage, a heart of iron,
A force abiding to fulfill.
Peace is not a foregone fate;
For peace, like war, must be waged—
With arms ever ready,
And eyes wide open.
by Charles Anthony Silvestri