Prince of Peace

By Murray Alfredson

A rose has sprung

ancients have sung

from Jesse’s root

a tender shoot

in desert stone.

Isaiah said

that fragrant head

be Prince of Peace

bringer of bliss

between all nations.

Plucked and torn

and capped in thorn

that sprig was hung

from crossbar slung

with the ache of nails.

Peace has not come

trumpet and drum

bode bomb and flame

lead flies the same

as arrows of old.

About Murray Alfredson

Murray Alfredson is a former librarian in the State Library of Victoria and the Flinders University Library, a lecturer in librarianship at Ballarat University College, and Buddhist Associate in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy at Flinders University. He has a BA in German and History from the University of Melbourne and an MLib by research from the University of Wales. He has published essays on Buddhist meditation and on inter-faith relations in Theravada, The middle way, In the round, and Eremos; and poetry, short stories, translations and essays on poetics in journals and anthologies in Australia. Bangla Desh, Canada, India, Iraq, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the USA.  Some of his work is translated into Arabic, Farsi, German, Italian, and Spanish.  He has had two collections of poetry published, ‘Nectar and light’, in Friendly Street new poets, 12, Adelaide, Friendly Street Poets and Wakefield Press, 2007,  and a full-length collection, The gleaming clouds, Brisbane: Interactive Press, 2013.  He has two other collections in the pipeline.

He has won a High Beam poetry award 2004, the Poetry Unhinged Multicultural Poetry Prize 2006, the Friendly Street Poets Political Poetry Prize 2009, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2009 and again in 2012..

He is a Senior Editor of Ashvamegh, a literary -journal published out of New Dejhi, and a joint editor of Many eyes, many voices, Adelaide: Friendly Street Poets, 2016, (its anthology no. 40).  He judged jointly the Friendly Street Poets Prize for the South Australian Spring Poetry Festival, 2016.

He lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula by Gulf St Vincent in South Australia.