we, women

I

me

you

she

child

girl

sister

daughter

woman

lover

mother

we,

women

We, women

we aren’t

the “weaker”

the “fairer”

the “lesser”

we are

the mother

we are

life itself

no man could exist

no boy child would be birthed

without

woman

Take back your power

Take back your control

We, women

we are the teachers

We, women

we are the nurturers

We can make change happen

Take action

Teach responsibility, not blame

Teach love, not hate

Teach peace, not war

Teach equality

Teach your children

both feminine

and masculine

that they are enough

that their lives are their own

and that they alone

can define

who and what they are

that they alone can define

what happiness and love

look like to them

that they can choose not to

continue a cycle of violence

but live instead in peace.

~Melanie Thomason

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Peace…a poem

I’m
sitting
in
Barnes
eating
a
warm
brownie
drinking
hot
chocolate
listening
to
Billy
Joel
sing
New
York
State
of
Mind
through
ear
buds
that
fall
out
every
now
and
then

 

the
sky
is
fluctuating
between
bright
blue
and
tornado
black
flipping
back
and
forth
every
couple
of
minutes

 

there’s
a
book
on
the
counter
that
looks
good
enough
to
eat

 

I
keep
scalding
my
mouth
by
slurping
the
brew
in
my
paper
cup
and
the
brownie
is
almost
gone

 

this
is
what
peace
feels
like
what
it
looks
like

 

chocolate
books
a
pen
with
a
wide
nib
pitch
black
ink
and
a
journal
with
unlined
pages

 

the
only
thing
missing
is
a
cat

to see peace

To know peace, to see peace

we have to teach peace

as a way of life

to ever have a chance

to live in harmony

we must be free

free of all the isms and prejudices

that hold a person down

ageism

sexism

racism

and on and on

teaching “tolerance” is not enough

we will see peace when we

truly celebrate our differences

and achieve equality

~ Melanie Thomason

 

A Fairy Tale

fairy tale |ˈfɛri teɪl|(also fairy story )
noun
a children’s story about magical and imaginary beings and lands.
• [ as modifier ] denoting something regarded as resembling a fairy story in being magical, idealized, or extremely happy: a fairy-tale romance.
• a fabricated story, esp. one intended to deceive.

Once upon a time…all the regular people in the world got together to talk. They laughed, they cried, they ate a LOT of Ben & Jerry ice cream. They danced a bit and they slept on the ground under the stars. Sure, it was a little crowded but they didn’t care. They looked at the sky and shared stories about their lives. Some had lived through war, they had been hungry, sick and afraid, others had surfed the oceans and spread their towels on the warm sand to catch the rays. Every story was different and each person told their story to someone else. They talked about work and shared pictures of their kids, pets and families. The talked about their favorite books and movies. They talked about the past and the future. They talked and they listened.

It wasn’t long before the people of the world realized they all had things in common. It wasn’t long before they realized that their governments had lied to them about the other people of the world. It wasn’t long before the people of the world realized that there were no enemies, just other people like themselves. Sure they believed in different gods, none of whom specifically told them to go out and smite the other people of the world…only men did that, the gods were out play golf and having a good time, they had given up smiting a long time ago. Yes, they dressed differently, and ate different food but those things weren’t an issue. And after a few days they barely noticed the differences in their looks. What was an issue was the enormous amounts of money being spent on war. Money that could be spent on food shelter, clean water, education and the raising up of society in general. Questions about how government officials lived, surrounded by wealth and personal protection, came to the forefront. The people of the world came to the conclusion that officials were living off of their labor, not their own. Governments did not share, they took. They took everything, including the people they loved.

After getting to know each other and after the Ben & Jerry was long gone, some of the people wrote a letter and and sent the pages through the enormous crowd. Everyone was asked to sign her/his name as well as the country s/he represented. A hush fell over the earth as people read the letter, signed it, and passed it on. As you can imagine, the pages quickly began to pile up, so people offered to carry as many pages as they could, so that none of the pages would get lost or be overlooked. The original letter was copied and attached to stacks of signatures, so that every country on earth had an equal share. The people of the earth agreed to place the letter, along with the signatures, at their governments’ seat of power. They also agreed to stand vigil until the proper officials had read the letter and understood its meaning.

The people parted with good wishes and joy and went back to their homes and their lives. Five days later they deposited the letters and signatures as per their agreement. The people of the world stood together, joined by love, hope and the dream of a better future.

The letter read:

To: The Governments of the World

We, THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, will no longer fight among ourselves. We will no longer be part of your war machine. We will not kill for profit or greed. We will not kill for any reason. You have taken enough. The earth runs red with the blood of the people, while you play games with our lives and the lives of those we love. No more. It stops now.

Should you choose to war among yourselves, be advised that we will not stand beside you, we will not assist you in any way. From this day forth, we the people of the earth, stand together as friends with love and peace in our hearts. Our children will have no enemies, only friends. The people of the world have spoken. There will be no more war.

Signed,

The people of the world

So the people of the world stood shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand, against war. Many people were killed by their own governments. The people of the world were called enemies of the state, terrorists as well as other names that the governments made up to poison the hearts of the people, but the people of the world knew better. The people said that those names belonged to the those in government, not to the people of the world. And one by one, the governments fell and when they did, the people of the world realized that they had given their power away to those who had used it against them and against all the people of the world.

New heroes were made during those days. Heroes who stood strong and brave for the right of all people to live without war. Women and men held out their hands across oceans and mountains, to grasp the hands of others in peace, so that the people of the world would never again be SENT by governments to fight against each other.

There were enormous problems to be solved once the governments were gone. But the people of the world began to solved their problems together. The people of every country helped the people of every other country and their gifts, knowledge and expertise were shared. Because that’s what the people of the world chose to stand for…peace, community and friendship. They put their differences aside and concentrated on their love for their children, for the earth, for each other and for all living things. Violence among the people themselves came to an end as those who were violent were seen as aberrant in a world of peace and non-violence. And so a new age was born, an age where the people of the world chose to live in harmony. And even thought they didn’t live happily ever after, it was a start.

There are no helpless princesses, princes or white rabbits in this fairy tale. No unicorns or maidens locked in towers waiting to be saved by others. In this fairy tale the people of the world finally stood together and saved themselves.

 

 

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by hitandrun1964

Peace & Awe

oklahomasunsets

 

When I see the sunset or the sunrise I look at it with wonder because no two look the same. My Pa was a big follower of the sun and always taught me that if you are ever lost point the 12 of you watch toward the sun and 12:15 is North! That always gave him peace knowing that I knew how to keep from getting lost. So the sunsets and sunrises to me remind me of my Pa and that brings me peace and awe!

by MichelleMarie

Peace looks exactly like…

PEACE
looks
exactly
like
freedom

freedom from ALL forms of violence

freedom from labels

freedom from the beliefs of others

freedom from government rule, bullying, brutality

freedom from those who want power over us

freedom to live in a NON policed state

freedom from the religious beliefs of others

freedom from a lying, manipulative, prejudiced, privately owned media

freedom from racism, sexism, ageism and elitism

freedom of choice/ sexual preference/gender

freedom from hunger, poverty and lack of education

FREEDOM FROM PATRIARCHY

freedom from the political opinions thrust upon us by others

FREEDOM NOT TO BE CONSTANTLY LIED TO AND SPIED UPON BY OUR GOVERNMENT

the freedom to say NO to war

the freedom to send our children to schools that are not prisons

the freedom to have lessons in school INCLUDE all people

freedom to SHUT DOWN BIG BUSINESSES and THOSE WHO DESTROY/POISON OUR environment and us
(includes: logging, oil rigging, cutting down the rain forest, mining, fracking…causing earthquakes,
habitat destruction and GMOs etc.)

the freedom to have clean air and water

the freedom to live in a world where there is FREEDOM for all beings…freedom from torture, cages
and experimentation… because animals are not clothing, food, entertainment or our slaves. Freedom from being hunted.
Animals are individual beings here for their own benefit and purpose not for our self-centered, ego-maniacal USE.

Freedom to live in a society that is not run by lying, rich males who have their own agenda–an agenda that does not include the rest of the population who they refer to as, “the herd.”

the freedom NOT to be controlled by the status quo but to have real choices in life

THE FREEDOM FOR PEOPLE TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT AND THEIR OWN FATE and not be dragged around by the greed and whims of the RICH who believe they are IN CHARGE
(We need to remind the government that THEY work for US)

That’s what PEACE looks like to me. It looks exactly like FREEDOM!

After we have all of these things we can talk about rainbows because DUE to the things above, a lot of people/beings have never heard laughter or seen a rainbow.

There is inner peace, of course, but if all living things are not ALLOWED to live in peace, free from violence and fear, what good is taking care of ourselves as individuals? How does that work? Holding our centers when all around us suffer? I don’t get that. Being calm and sitting quietly while our fracking makes the earth tremble and crack, so that people can become rich and leave an environmental nightmare for those who come after us? I don’t get that either.

We have never actually had peace, so it’s difficult, if not impossible, to know what it would look like, or how it would feel. But I believe that without the above, we will NEVER have the chance to find out. As I’m typing this, we are currently signing petitions to stop our own government from passing a law that would allow them to SPY on us, innocent people, for years to come (apparently we need a way to stop them because they have been doing this for a long time and just FORGOT to tell us, or ask if we MINDED, until someone kindly ratted them out). We are being treated like criminals, being spied upon without just cause by a corrupt government that acts as if everything they do is for OUR benefit and not their own. Freedom? We have just as much freedom as those in charge allow us to have. They can take our freedom/rights away anytime they like, they just need to write a few laws, get the armed forces and police to hunt us down and that’s pretty much it. 1984. Even if we stop this one law from passing they will keep at it until they get what they want, unless they ignore law and do what they always do…spy on us anyway. We have no idea what our government is doing…NOT EVER. The scary part is, that as the older generations pass away, no one will be left to tell others that things don’t have to be the way they are. That there was a time when the government worked for the people and freedom was a REAL thing. The damning evidence will be erased from our history books and the generations that follow will think that living in a policed state and ratting out your family and friends are normal. They will think that being stopped and searched is the way life has always been. The truth, like all the truth behind us, will be buried by the rulers and history will say whatever they want it to say…just like it does now.

by hitandrun1964