December 9, 2013

Peace Wheel

Magical things happen in the dark
 of night, immensely important things if
   conditions are right.

My vision of sugarplums melted and
 turned into a giant red wheel.  And then
   I learned each rider had chosen a higher
     view: to live in the way peaceful people do.

The sum of their small, peacemaking
 intentions pushed the great red wheel in
   one direction, creating a hum like the music
     of heaven, and the glow of a giant red sun.

“World peace?” you ask, “You’re dreaming!”
you chide.
“Maybe,” I say, “but I’d rather ride than
stay on the ground and stand aside.”

How hard is it, really, to make peace-filled
 connections, to push that Peace Wheel in
   the right direction?
     Smile at strangers.  Thank clerks by name.
       Live each day at a pace that’s more sane.

I’m on my way up—it’s a beautiful view!
 May visions of peace find a home in you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Chuck & Penny

Verse © 2013 Penny Pefley • Photo © 2013  Chuck Pefley
The Seattle Great Wheel


  1. Wonderful to both of you. I just love it and will share it at my gathering.
    Merry Holiday and Peaceful ride,

  2. Chuck:

    Merry Christmas to you and Penny.

    It's always nice to hear from you. Glad you are busy enjoying life and creating memories

    Riding the Wet Coast

  3. Chuck,
    Merry Christmas to you, Penny, and your families. I love this verse. It made my day!

  4. Beautiful photo.........and the thoughts within the text send my mind wheeling with hope for sanity worldwide.

  5. ....And.....give my Sis Sharon a hug! Thanks!

  6. Cap'n Ken, will do. Happy New Year!