Hearing

I can hear the song in my head,

every night and every day,

people never saying what they mean,

and so we just get

deeper into this

rut of lies and half truths

that kills and mains millions

brings unnecessary hatreds

to boil over into

yet more destruction,

so we have to start

talking truths,

getting to know and trust one another,

smiling in truth, greeting,

exploring friendship and peace,

and hearing what people are really

saying and feeling

for the sake and peace

of all mankind,

wont the soothsayers

banish from our minds

and let us save our world.

 

This is a poem based on two songs the first being Joe South’s Games people play, which I blogged earlier this evening, and Albert Hammond’s For the peace of Mankind.

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In your honor

single star

We talk about you so often
We argue about you too often

You are sought
But elusive in plain sight

We plead for your presence
Yet ignore your arrival

We fight for you
And in so doing
Destroy you

You mean something different
To everyone
Though you remain forever
Unchanged

Perhaps if we were
To name a star after you
All of mankind
Would be captivated by your essence

Unable to look away
Unable to fight
Sharing the night sky
Beneath your radiance

In your honor
A star
Named Peace
Guide us

Photo credit: bing starfieldobservatory.com

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Harmony

An eye for an eye
They gouge each other
A limb for a limb
They tear each other apart

Soon on the ground
Littered disassembled pieces
Humanity destroyed
Itself

Love and Peace
Reassemble the broken bodies
But no individual
Resembles what they were before

Eyes, limbs, hearts
Everyone has them again
Pieces of one another combined
Harmony

 

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Peace With Honor

 See Original post by kmabarrett
What is the rule of honor to be observed by a power so strongly and so advantageously situated as this Republic is?  Of course I do not expect it meekly to pocket real insults if they should be offered to it.  But, surely, it should not, as our boyish jingoes wish it to do, swagger about among the nations of the world, with a chip on its shoulder, shaking its fist in everybody’s face.  Of course, it should not tamely submit to real encroachments upon its rights.  But, surely, it should not, whenever its own notions of right or interest collide with the notions of others, fall into hysterics and act as if it really feared for its own security and its very independence.
As a true gentleman, conscious of his strength and his dignity, it should be slow to take offense.  In its dealings with other nations it should have scrupulous regard, not only for their rights, but also for their self-respect.  With all its latent resources for war, it should be the great peace power of the world.  It should never forget what a proud privilege and what an inestimable blessing it is not to need and not to have big armies or navies to support.  It should seek to influence mankind, not by heavy artillery, but by good example and wise counsel.  It should see its highest glory, not in battles won, but in wars prevented.  It should be so invariably just and fair, so trustworthy, so good tempered, so conciliatory, that other nations would instinctively turn to it as their mutual friend and the natural adjuster of their differences, thus making it the greatest preserver of the world’s peace.
This is not a mere idealistic fancy.  It is the natural position of this great republic among the nations of the earth.  It is its noblest vocation, and it will be a glorious day for the United States when the good sense and the self-respect of the American people see in this their “manifest destiny.”  It all rests upon peace.  Is not this peace with honor?  There has, of late, been much loose speech about “Americanism.”  Is not this good Americanism?  It is surely today the Americanism of those who love their country most.  And I fervently hope that it will be and ever remain the Americanism of our children and our children’s children.
 –  Carl Schurz
Speech at the Chamber of Commerce, New York City, New York (2 January 1896)
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