Poem: Why Peace is Always a Good Idea. From a new book of poems, Spring 2013: The World Will Follow Joy; Turning Madness into Flowers

Summer peach

©2011 by Alice Walker

For Jacqui Hairston, with love.

Because you could plant peach trees

And because of peace

You could eat them in five or six



Peaches not trees


And your children

Could eat them


After you are gone!


And because you could not see

A friend for a long, long time


Because there is peace

You would not lose them forever

But see them next time they come

To town!


You could go ice skating

Or roller skating

And no guns would go off

Scaring you.


You could grow old

And have a nice long beard

And no rockets

Would appear

To set fire

To it!


 You could swim in the ocean

And see turtles

And whales

And nothing would interrupt

You, even if you fell asleep

On your back!


Not a single bomb

Would be going off



And people would let you drift

To shore

And then they’d wake


With music and some food


Would be strange to you

But so delicious!


They’d want you

To like their peaceful land:

They’d want to learn about yours.

Peace is great for this sort of thing.


And when you went home

There would be a whole house


Waiting for you.


Your room warm and cozy

And your dog happy to see you

And everything!


 Even the cat

Might take a look at you,


As if she cared!


All this can happen in peace.

Never in war.


And that is why Peace is always a good idea.


Earth likes it too!


 She’s tired of being marched on and hit by crazy humans

Who never see how sweet she is

Or appreciate

Her windstorms


Her curves.