Tolerance, Freedom, and Peace
by Julie R. Dargis (Morocco 1984–87)
Pitch with us tolerance, freedom and peace
In churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques.
Stand up with our friends at home and abroad.
Let respect choose the words we use wisely.
In Morocco, Mali, throughout Asia,
Eastern Europe, across the Middle East,
Peace Corps volunteers are welcome in homes.
We live together as one in global
Working in Turkey, Greece, and Syria
Attest to the same. Islamophobic
Rhetoric, spinning in news cycles, is
Staining our communities with chatter.
Can you not hear all our cries to stand down?
“Tolerance, Freedom, and Peace” was taken from her recently published collection of “memoirs, sonnets and prose,” White Moon in a Powder Blue Sky. Previously she published a creative non-fiction book drawing on her Peace Corps experience, Pit Stop in the Paris of Africa, and a poetry collection Seven Sonnets.
She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Integral Health at the California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas, California.