Singing Songs of Peace by William Waters

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy


Jed,
I came here tonight
to write you a poem,
because I believe
in your hope.

It is a poem about ending war —
so it doesn’t talk about war;

It talks about looking
at these few burning logs
laying in the fireplace — about how

one coal encourages another
to shine,
to burn.


William Waters is an associate professor, associate chair, and director of composition in the Department of English at the University of Houston Downtown. Along with Sonja Foss, he is coauthor of Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. His research and teaching interests are in writing theory and practice, the history of the English language, linguistics, and modern grammar.