December 8, 2022

Dear Friends:

The Interfaith Peace Project continues its ongoing observance of the International Women’s Day, March 8, by sending you a reflection on the eighth of every month. Today, Karen Oliver, poet, friend and “O Street Project” Co-Director, shares with us her poem, “Don’t Blame the Stranger”. Thank you, Karen for sharing with us.

We invite you share in this effort by sending any articles or information concerning the voice of women that you would like to share to:

Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P
[email protected]
925-787-9279 marjan4782

Don’t Blame the Stranger
Continuing to Honor
The International Women’s Day

Don’t blame the stranger
Standing on that distant shore
He like you is just looking
for something more
More food on the table
More clothes on his back
more opportunity to give
Something back
Don’t blame the image looking
back from that mirror
She like you is searching
for something more too
More understanding
More reasons to hold on
More of the days when she
felt like she belonged
Don’t blame the people
waiting in that line
can’t you see like you
they could use more than a dime
More chances to see a doctor
More ways to pay the bills
More than empty promises
from the fat ass suits on the Hill
Don’t blame the soldier lying
In his own pool of blood
He couldn’t take more pain from
the war still waging in his head
More pain than the doctors
would cut out with their knives
More pain for the mother watching
Her only son die
Don’t blame strangers coming
to our shores they like our
own parents came to build a new life
New Life in Jesus
New life in Yahweh
New life in Buddha
New life in Krishna
New life in Mohamed
We like they were
once strangers too
Strangers now no more

As things begin to return to a new normal, we at The Interfaith Peace Project are here for you in any way that you need us. The Antioch Center is now open to fully vaccinated people on Wednesdays, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are vigilant and will adjust to any and all recommendations from the state and county. We will continue our work through Zoom as we add in person programs. If you would like to schedule an in person or Zoom program or would like a phone appointment with any of us, give us a call. You may call or email Tom at:
Tom Bonacci
[email protected]
925-787- 9279