As salaam Aleykum.
Peace be to you.
My greeting and wish
to those around me in spirit.
Peace be to you.
May you find peace
and when you do, keep it safe.
Remembering peace is best
when shared, though I admit
I sometimes feel the words
that fall from my lips
are wasted upon those
who are committed
to keeping me, you, us, silent.
Can you still hear me?


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.