Peace One Day is Sept 21!!

Jeremy Gilley began Peace One Day 15 years ago and every year more and more countries, militias, armies and leaders in conflict-ridden areas around the globe are saying yes. Okay. One day disarmament. Communities and families are in accord: yes, one day no gangs, no abuse.

Here at 14 Words For Love, we write. Through our 14-word poems or prose we try to get at something true, something compassionate and sometimes crushing under the weight of that truth. We do it selfishly, as we tend to love writing and reading. And we do it selflessly, as we give away our work during the week of our events. Please sign up for 14 Words For Love (tab) and post your 14 words as often as you'd like.

This year's Peace One Day theme is Who will you make peace with?

You could choose yourself, an estranged friend or family member, an idea, a culture. You could take up the pen for social justice or advocate for a specific group, like children or those harassed for being different. You could just write 14 words that get at community, kindness, equality or empathy.

A few days before the event, download all the 14-word postings and distribute them as you wish. The smiles and gratitude you receive for this small act will astound you.

Thanks for joining us for this year's Peace One Day.

Kindest regards, Jodi

Say you, say me;
How about say we?

Few must represent many;
Challenging exclusion.
A tiny child
Stared into Grand Canyon eternity
And grew immense in universal belonging
Mellow by 

"Mellow blue,  
 the song in my head
 will never turn red
Gentle and new, you."

Just Pax It!
Bumper sticker extraordinaire.
Some days, I believe
It is that simple.
Packaged sentiment
In a bauble of words;
Looks cheap but rings true;
Stop judging.
I hear your silence;
Here's my voice.

I feel your pain;
Here's my prayer.
Whirling peas thinking of
World peace,
My heart assembles 
Broken pieces and lost dreams.
the eye tricks us
into routine blindness,
negative space ignored
to validate our views

Power murders peace,
jealously denying the powerless
a soft pillow,
a good night's rest.
I will be there;
Trying as always,
Once more, word alchemy
For One World.