"FULL CIRCLE, THE EPIC RETURN
TO ETERNITY PEACE WALK"
by Judy Jones
Actor Steven Seagal
Full Circle Peace Walk
Kelly Butterfly, whose interview I did for
"ON THE ROAD WITH JUDY!" called to ask if I
would like to meet her for the opening ceremonies of
the 'FULL CIRCLE EPIC RETURN TO ETERNITY' Peace Walk
which was being held on the waterfront in
San Francisco, July 16, 2005.
"FULL CIRCLE" is a small band of Zen monks
and peace activists walking 1,600 miles from
San Francisco to the Trinity Test Site in New
Mexico to remind the world of the horrors of
nuclear war and to help ensure the weapons
are never used again.
Kelley had played her harp for 'FULL CIRCLES'
party the night before. I told her I would love too
and signed up to walk with them to Palo Alto, California
and return home the following day.
Kelley Butterfly ***
The complete walk will be featured in an
upcoming two-hour television documentary
narrated by actor Steven Seagal and directed
by Matt Taylor, the executive director of
Shoukichi Kina, a member of Japan's House of
Councilors and a folk-rock musician who flew from Japan
to support the monks, performed "Hana,'' a peace song
that has been embraced all over Asia at the opening
ceremonies. They rocked and had the whole crowd
moving along with to their beat!
Shoukichi Kina and Bob Dilan
We all walked about a mile to Pacific Bell Park
after the opening ceremonies were over, and only
the monks and those going on, including myself, continued.
The ten miles I walked (we split up the miles between us)
went by quickly even though it was hot. Friends are made
instantly on the road and the bonding is heartfelt. We
shared our life's experiences in those brief ten miles
and most importantly our dreams for the future.
We vowed to help the world move 'Beyond War'.
An extremely gifted young woman, walking for peace,
taught me (or tried!) to make origami peace cranes.
She said mine were ok for a beginner but her actions
spoke louder. She redid both of them and she was
right. Cranes deserve to have a neck, just like me!
One monk got stranded on the side of the road
from his group of walker but finally we picked him up
and he explained in broken english he had to leave
the others because his foot was injured. But he
thought he could continue with the walk in the
morning after a little rest.
After arriving in Palo Alto, Mayor Jim Burch
spoke. He is a former U.S. Army infantryman
turned anti-war activist, and he recalled taking
part in the U.S. occupation of Japan as a
19-year-old private. "I went to Hiroshima and
saw the lives that were lost" he told the monks
and others in the crowd. "That can never
Mayor Jim Burch
We all piled in cars and went to Denny's for dinner. I sat
between the monks who all spoke only Japanese. Never
felt so alone in my life!
So I breathed deeply and said silently to myself,
'God chose me to be here at this moment and somehow
I'll make it on through" and concentrated on my
blueberry waffle covered with whip cream. And it
really seemed to make everything ok, the whip cream
and the syrup. I'm easily consoled.
Feeling guilty I don't already know how to speak
Japanese, I will immediately start taking lessons.
Since I am something of a loner, and there were not
many people on the walk, this was a little painful
having to have deep discussions with one person
and not being able to hide in a crowd. Mostly they
left me alone realizing my conversations were about
things best left to the blank page and pen. Sounds
so shallow, my reason for wanting more people
walking on the peace walk, so I would feel
Kept ducking cameras. It's only through my painting
and writing I can really let my heart and soul speak.
I may have contacted poison ivy. All for peace which
makes the itching somewhat easier to endure!
To find more info on Peace Walk
contact Matt Taylor:
*** To read the interview "On The Road With Judy!"
did with Kelley Butterfly, click on link below.
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