by John Paul Lederach

John Paul Lederach tells the back story of his work in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. He follows with a reading of this untitled haiku during his conversation with Krista.

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Gods and men love maps.

They draw borders with pens that

split lives like an ax.

—Tajikistan, April 2003

© John Paul Lederach. This poem is reprinted with permission of the author.

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is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.