'Amistad, 2011' by William Storck‘Peace’ by Ruth Asch The Society March 25, 2017 Beauty, Poetry Are the dead at peace in the ground? wrapped in loam, slow dissolving to earth. Is the mother at peace in travail, wracked apart that a child might be born? Does a man find peace as he toils for a cause, half around the world’s girth? Were the martrys at peace as they sang to the God for whose sake they were torn? It is not for a corpse the soul yearns; Not a woman would hold the babe back; As fresh vigour seeps from aching limbs, joy of purpose gives pilgrims new lease; Martyrs were spirits consoled: ‘All’s well’ – quiet and patience I lack – But through muddled strife of my days, I am in peace. Ruth Asch published her first book of poetry ‘Reflections’ in 2009 (St Austin Press) and individual pieces in many journals since. She writes poetry in rare quiet and inspired moments, and otherwise is the mother of four and sometimes a teacher. Her roots are in England but she has been living and teaching for some years in France and Spain. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.