Cycles of violence are difficult to stop. We often are unaware that they are going on. Where we are aware of the cycles there are often people so wedded to the idea of “this is how things have to be” that they are not going to try new ways of living.

We often have to wait for the right time to interrupt these cycles of violence. That time may be a long way away. We do not know.

What do we practice in the meantime? We muscle up on three practices:

Awareness. Lament. Hope.

These three practices are discussed in brief essays. They form the arc of reconciliation poetry where one typically sees awareness of a problem, the pain it causes, and confidence that things can be better.