“We need to be able to choose
our battles,” said the leader
of people devoted to non-

violence – a tenet we adopt
in order to contain the base
violence we abhor when

we employ the non that we,
well, abhor in our fashion too.
So, in non-battling we order

the prescribed silver chalices,
but we pay just a bit more
for the ones that look,

by an accident of peaceful
indiscretion, like patterned
steel, the design of swords.

Richard Fenton Sederstrom was raised and lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and the North Woods of Minnesota. Sederstrom is the author of seven books of poetry, his newest book, Icarus Rising, Misadventures in Ascension, published by Jackpine Writers' Bloc, was released last winter. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.