Call Me Peace Pilgrim

Why all the interest in me? My names have been fine –
Mildred Norman, and then Mildred Norman Ryder.
Call me peace pilgrim.

You’re missing the point. Family? Mother was a tailor,
father was a carpenter. Yes, I eloped. Yes, I divorced.
That’s all in the past; now I walk.

I walk for peace; I’ve been walking for peace since
New Year’s Day 1953, and I’ve walked through wars
and rumors of wars.

Korea, Vietnam, and no, I haven’t stopped. How could
I, when the wars continue, shifting shapes and locations
and reasons?

You ask about miles. Journalists! You’re missing the point.
I stopped keeping track at twenty-four thousand  miles.
True, I’ve walked

the circumference of earth and more. I stopped keeping
track of the miles because that is what people focused on.
I wanted people to focus

on walking for peace, working for peace, doing whatever
they could do for peace. Yes, I could sew, I could build.
But I walk. It is my walk,

my pilgrimage to walk for peace rather than against the
madness. Call me peace pilgrim. Yes, you can capitalize
the Ps. Ps please. Peace please.

Call me Peace Pilgrim.

Andrew Shattuck McBride
April 10, 2012

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to Call Me Peace Pilgrim

  1. Andrew! What a marvelous tribute, and a marvelous poem. I sure do like the economy of these triplets and the wordplay & compression of the final triplet. Bravo!

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