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A Melody Called Peace

Ellias Aghili Dehnavi; Professor Paul John Amrod; Professor Sam Fischer; Dr. Ziauddin Sabouri; Professor Willem Petrus Burger; Sayed Abbas Mousavi; Negar Gorji Mohammadzadeh; Moonchild Diva; David Harrs; Dr. A.Celestine Raj; Manohar M.D,; Michael Stevens, Bloomington Indiana; Dammy Ipaye; Emma Beverage; Dinesh Sharma; Maria C. Pires Costa; Jeff Fleischer; Matt Pocock; Roger Mather; Iohannes Silvaticus; Michael P. Johnson; Hebe Mitchell; O Anna Niemus; Marvin Brato; Paul McCann; Frank Bana; Viola B. Jelinek; Shimon Weinroth; Sonali Shah; Francis Duggan; Scott Johnson; Faith wood; Kristopher Scott; Shrija Chavali; Rajaram Ramachandran; Fahmina Arjumand Misha; Lovina Sylvia Chidi; Barry Van Allen; Michael P. Johnson; Tami Gee; Elangovan Selvapperumal; Robert Rampani; Bonnie Collins; Margaret Alice; Uloia Norris Moore; Bob Gotti; Bernice Hooks; Mary M. Coughlin; ToddMichael St. Pierre; Zoe Sem; Patricia Cox Napoli; Frederick Kambemba Yamusangie; vor or ivor.e hogg; Michael P. Johnson; Carmela Patterson; Michael Gale; David Moe; Fay Slimm; Charles M Moore; Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu; Tatianna Rei Moonshadow; John L. Waters; Jim Foulk; Loke Kok Yee; Alem Hailu G/Kristos; Mj (Mark) Lemon; Juan Alfaro; Rodriguez Spien; Albert Aguado; Spencer Amador; Galina Italyanskaya; John Davison; Jonathan Mcintosh; Bharati Nayak; Sayeed Abubakar; Prof. Tzemin Ition Tsai; Oliver Edgar; Marco Angelo; Rodrigo Sanchez; Adalwin Schulz; Rahman Nikolov; Ryan Adams; Argien Teyromov; Angela Renalford; Mitas Peskian; Bruno Sirva; Andria Tokolov; Darja Silimov; Tom Visilina; Alexander Kimiye; Alvar; Sal Mohammad; Edvin Dorham; Julimier; Anna Smithiu; Mohammad Ibrahim Gorji Mohammadzadeh; Melika Asaadi; Ario Moradmand; Azam Izadi; Atefe Mirsaeedi; Fatemeh Hosseini; Maedeh Izadi; Mahsa Mohammadi; Mahsa Shahkarami; Maryam Amiri; Masoud Shams; Melika Asaadi; Melika Koleini; Niloufar Koleini; Fatemeh Raiesie; Somayeh Avarand; Elham Jafari; Abtin Safavi Pour; Narges Bagheri; Golnaz Zolfaghari; Azin Abedi; Forough Esfandiari; Zahra Bampouri; Zohreh Maghsoodi; Nima Khoramak; Parnian Sharifi; Zahra Hajian; Mohammad Bagheri Dargah; Mina Sharifi; Ali Askari; Mohammad Ghanbari Barzyan; Mahdieh Heidari; Mohammad Taghizadeh; Ehsan Faramarzmanesh; Sayed Hamzeh Salehi; Farshid Gorji Mohammadzadeh; Mahdi Amini; Mahmoud Mohammadi; Minoo Madani; Samin Gol Tondar; Sepideh Razavi Darbar; Shiva Samadani; Mehrnoosh Aboutorabi, Dr. Hadi Ajili; Dr. Roohollah Modabber; Mohammad Matindoost

A Melody Called Peace

A Melody Called Peace

Authors: Ellias Aghili Dehnavi; Professor Paul John Amrod; Professor Sam Fischer; Dr.Ziauddin Sabouri; Professor Willem Petrus Burger; Sayed Abbas Mousavi; Negar Gorji Mohammadzadeh; Moonchild Diva; David Harrs; Dr. A.Celestine Raj; Manohar M.D,; Michael Stevens, Bloomington Indiana; Dammy Ipaye; Emma Beverage; Dinesh Sharma; Maria C. Pires Costa; Jeff Fleischer; Matt Pocock; Roger Mather; Iohannes Silvaticus; Michael P. Johnson; Hebe Mitchell; O Anna Niemus; Marvin Brato; Paul McCann; Frank Bana; Viola B. Jelinek; Shimon Weinroth; Sonali Shah; Francis Duggan; Scott Johnson; Faith wood; Kristopher Scott; Shrija Chavali; Rajaram Ramachandran; Fahmina Arjumand Misha; Lovina Sylvia Chidi; Barry Van Allen; Michael P. Johnson; Tami Gee; Elangovan Selvapperumal; Robert Rampani; Bonnie Collins; Margaret Alice; Uloia Norris Moore; Bob Gotti; Bernice Hooks; Mary M. Coughlin; ToddMichael St. Pierre; Zoe Sem; Patricia Cox Napoli; Frederick Kambemba Yamusangie; vor or ivor.e hogg; Michael P. Johnson; Carmela Patterson; Michael Gale; David Moe; Fay Slimm; Charles M Moore; Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu; Tatianna Rei Moonshadow; John L. Waters; Jim Foulk; Loke Kok Yee; Alem Hailu G/Kristos; Mj (Mark) Lemon; Juan Alfaro; Rodriguez Spien; Albert Aguado; Spencer Amador; Galina Italyanskaya; John Davison; Jonathan Mcintosh; Bharati Nayak; Sayeed Abubakar; Prof. Tzemin Ition Tsai; Oliver Edgar; Marco Angelo; Rodrigo Sanchez; Adalwin Schulz; Rahman Nikolov; Ryan Adams; Argien Teyromov; Angela Renalford; Mitas Peskian; Bruno Sirva; Andria Tokolov; Darja Silimov; Tom Visilina; Alexander Kimiye; Alvar; Sal Mohammad; Edvin Dorham; Julimier; Anna Smithiu; Mohammad Ibrahim Gorji Mohammadzadeh; Melika Asaadi; Ario Moradmand; Azam Izadi; Atefe Mirsaeedi; Fatemeh Hosseini; Maedeh Izadi; Mahsa Mohammadi; Mahsa Shahkarami; Maryam Amiri; Masoud Shams; Melika Asaadi; Melika Koleini; Niloufar Koleini; Fatemeh Raiesie; Somayeh Avarand; Elham Jafari; Abtin Safavi Pour; Narges Bagheri; Golnaz Zolfaghari; Azin Abedi; Forough Esfandiari; Zahra Bampouri; Zohreh Maghsoodi; Nima Khoramak; Parnian Sharifi; Zahra Hajian; Mohammad Bagheri Dargah; Mina Sharifi; Ali Askari; Mohammad Ghanbari Barzyan; Mahdieh Heidari; Mohammad Taghizadeh; Ehsan Faramarzmanesh; Sayed Hamzeh Salehi; Farshid Gorji Mohammadzadeh; Mahdi Amini; Mahmoud Mohammadi; Minoo Madani; Samin Gol Tondar; Sepideh Razavi Darbar; Shiva Samadani; Mehrnoosh Aboutorabi,Dr. Hadi Ajili ; Dr. Roohollah Modabber; Mohammad Matindoost

A tutti i messaggeri di pace, a tutti gli abitanti dell'universo ea sua santità, Pope Francis.

inviamo il nostro messaggio di amore e pace dal paese della poesia, dell'amore e della pace, l'Iran.

Contents

General Image of theMelody

Immagine Generale Della Melodia

Introduction

A Letter

A Note

Rhymes of the Melody

Words of the Melody

Articles of the Melody

Acknowledgements

General Image of the Melody

If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk!

(Galatians 5: 25)

And A Melody Called Peace, humbly, as an eternal gift, an eternal sign of friendship, love and peace is dedicated to his holiness, Pope Francis; as a memento to the Santa Sede; from around the world who shared their voices; who answered the call of the peace messengers!

The purposes of this book are threefold: to see how people comprehend peace; to represent the language of peace in literature and arts; and to suggest approaches to global peace through the language of scientific works. The undertaking seems to be ambitious. How can this book be a large and multifarious manifestation of peace? However, we hope, the present authors, poets, and artists of all ages from different nationalities speak for others. Similarly, we hope to demonstrate how authors’ handling of the current and previous wave of the necessity for peace determines their approach to character, plot, diction, style and creativity.

The information covered in each entry includes a prologue, and pieces associated with the content. Each entry focuses on one genre including poetry, prose, articles, visual arts and musical notes. Each entry heading lists the full name of the authors and their nationality and the following elements are contained in each entry: a preface/ prologue, and representative works. Thus, this anthology provides readers of diverse interests and different ages with a unique comprehensive range of knowledge and miscellaneous perceptions of peace, such as interactive, historical, cultural, national, international, biblical, environmental, and gender . oriented hallmarks.

Input was solicited from our director manager Ellias Aghili Dehnavi, the Vatican Embassy in Tehran, as well as professors from various areas including Dr. Roohollah Modabber. From these discussions, it was determined that this anthology should deal with international, and multicultural significance whose contributors are artists, musicians, poets, writers or researchers. Here we defend our choice of the contributors. Some of them need no justification since they are the finest, most enduring researchers, poets, artists and musicians included Professor Paul John Amrod, Professor Burger, and Dr. Ziauddin Sabouri. This list may seem to be partial, and there may be disappointment over the exclusion of very few authors; however, we should declare that our decision was guided by our editorial board who shortlisted the works for the publication by thematic and poetic excellence criteria.

I wish to thank members of the M.O.P who gave generously their time and advice, especially during the stages of preparation of this manuscript. And I would like to appreciate Dr. Frosini who was our messenger to invite poets to contribute. As an editor, I welcome suggestions in possible future anthologies. You may contact us via email at peacemessengers2012@gmail.com.

Elham Jafari

Immagine Generale Della Melodia

If we walk by the Spirit;by the spirit let us also walk!

(galatians 5: 25)

E una melodia chiamata pace, umilmente, come dono eterno, segno eterno di amicizia, amore e pace è dedicata alla sua santità, Papa Francesco; come ricordo della Santa Sede; da tutto il mondo che hanno condiviso le loro voci; che ha risposto alla chiamata dei messaggeri di pace!

Gli scopi di questo libro sono triplici: vedere come le persone comprendono la pace; rappresentare la lingua della pace nella letteratura e nelle arti; e suggerire approcci alla pace globale attraverso il linguaggio delle opere scientifiche. L'impresa sembra essere ambiziosa. Come può questo libro essere una grande e multiforme manifestazione di pace? Tuttavia, ci auguriamo, gli autori, i poeti e gli artisti di tutte le età di diverse nazionalità parlino per gli altri. Allo stesso modo, speriamo di dimostrare come la gestione da parte degli autori dell'attuale e precedente ondata di necessità della pace determini il loro approccio al personaggio, alla trama, alla dizione, allo stile e alla creatività.

Le informazioni trattate in ogni voce includono un prologo, e brani associati al contenuto. Ogni voce si concentra su un genere tra cui poesia, prosa, articoli, arti visive e note musicali. Ogni intestazione di voce elenca il nome completo degli autori e la loro nazionalità e in ciascuna voce sono contenuti i seguenti elementi: una prefazione / prologo e opere rappresentative. Pertanto, questa antologia fornisce ai lettori di diversi interessi e di età diverse una gamma completa e unica di conoscenze e percezioni varie della pace, come tratti distintivi interattivi, storici, culturali, nazionali, internazionali, biblici, ambientali e orientati al genere.

Il contributo è stato sollecitato dal nostro direttore manager Ellias Aghili Dehnavi, dall'Ambasciata vaticana a Teheran, nonché da professori di varie aree tra cui il dottor Roohollah Modabber. Da queste discussioni, è stato determinato che questa antologia dovrebbe occuparsi di significato internazionale e multiculturale i cui contributori sono artisti, musicisti, poeti, scrittori o ricercatori. Qui difendiamo la nostra scelta dei contributori. Alcuni di loro non hanno bisogno di giustificazioni poiché sono i ricercatori, i poeti, gli artisti e i musicisti più raffinati e longevi, inclusi il professor Paul John Amrod, il professor Burger e il dottor Ziauddin Sabouri. Questo elenco può sembrare parziale e potrebbe esserci delusione per l'esclusione di pochissimi autori; tuttavia, dobbiamo dichiarare che la nostra decisione è stata guidata dalla nostra redazione che ha selezionato le opere per la pubblicazione secondo criteri di eccellenza tematica e poetica.

Desidero ringraziare i membri del M.O.P che hanno offerto generosamente il loro tempo e i loro consigli, soprattutto durante le fasi di preparazione di questo manoscritto. E vorrei apprezzare il dottor Frosini che è stato il nostro messaggero per invitare i poeti a contribuire. In qualità di editore, accolgo con favore suggerimenti in possibili future antologie. Puoi contattarci tramite e-mail all'indirizzo peacemessengers2012@gmail.com.

Elham Jafari

Trace Peace!ss

Ellias Aghili Dehnavi, il presidente e fondatore dell'Accademia M.O.P.

At a historical point, Andrew Carnegie shifted his endeavors to the cause of international peace. The global economy was transformed by the last great flow of the Industrial Revolution at the beginning of the last century, which brought remarkable ease in international trade, traveling, as well as communication. It was concretely sensed that a more peaceful, interconnected future would be possible. Others also agree with Carnegie in his opinion that “international war abolishment, the most disgusting blemish on our civilization,” could set out within grasp of humanity. For progressing this goal, he empowered the institutions, inspiring a global peace movement, and they still are among the leading voices nowadays.

However, into the deeper aspects, the international order’s foundations that were dominant in the 19th century were cracked. By the emergence of new major powers, the geopolitical supremacy of wellknown players was challenged. The same technological progress as the cause of this optimism revolutionized the capacity of humanity for conflict. By 1919, when Carnegie died, a destructive world war with vast devastation occurred, burring his optimism under the competition of violent great powers and humanity’s failure of imagination.

After a century, another inflection point emerged, which was full of hope and hazards. The optimism waves elevating at the end of Cold War had declined, and misgiving currents in its wake had been left behind. When the Soviet Union collapsed, it appeared that history was directing toward free markets and democracy, and it seemed that the “end of history” had reached and could cause the risk of conflict among the great powers. It seemed that emergence of a nascent Pax Americana transformed the bipolar world. Ultimately, in that euphoric moment, aspirations of Andrew Carnegie early in the last century proved, with disturbing trends again for foretelling a tsunami of disruption.

The contemporary world is in its most populous, competitive, and complex state. We again are witnessing competition among the great powers. The way of our living, working, and fighting is again shaped by technological revolution. We observe shifting the global political and economic center of gravity from West to East.

The pace of change is veiling responses at every level. There are signs of erosion of the incredible prosperity and peace that we were experiencing during the last seventy years since the displacements of globalization gets more evident and emerging or revived powers return to the international arena. The erosion of faith between leaders and their citizens also exacerbates these challenges. Authoritarianism and Populism are increasing; the pace of the global march of democracy has reduced, and even it has been reversed because of fading the cooperation framed by international law. Again, it seems that trend lines are directing toward profoundly destabilizing collisions.

It is a horrifying task in this new era to advance the cause of international peace against these resistances, and this requires the renewal of diplomacy, which is one of the oldest, and at the same time, the most misunderstood professions of the world. It is believed that no country can handle tricky global currents alone, or just by force. It is particularly true for the USA. USA is not anymore the only big power on the geopolitical block.

Dismissing diplomacy in today’s world is sometimes trendy: non-state actors control rising international influence; state headmen and senior officials are able to have easy and direct interactions; and the traditional monopoly of embassies and diplomats on access and information in foreign capitals have been lost. Diplomats sometimes seem as watchmakers of villages that live in a smartwatch world. However, if we want to solve our encountered challenge, diplomacy should be the first tool that we resort.

The task of diplomats is translating the world to capitals and translating capitals to the world. Diplomats are the first agents that warn about the problems and opportunities and can build and fix the relationships. The importance of these tasks is not more than ever. All of these tasks require a subtle understanding of culture and history, a non-compromising skill in negotiations, and the ability of translating national interests in such a way that are consistent with interests of other governments. These characteristics have always been necessary for success of diplomats.

Diplomacy needs adaptation and modernization for being effective. Timeless skills should take higher priority, and the focus of countries should be mostly on the issues with the highest significance in 21th century, including climate change and technological revolution. It is expected that the progress in machine learning, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence will be accelerated in the near future and these advances have already surpassed the ability of governments for maximizing their advantages, minimizing their disadvantages, and developing practical international rules. Climate change is altering communities around the world and creating new conflicts over resources. In order to deal with these increasingly insecurities, the need for diplomacy is more urgent.

Prior to the First World War, Carnegie had imagined the world as a “neighborhood in instantaneous and constant communication” and now it has come to true. However, it is not such a peaceful world as he envisioned. In order to realize this imagination, diplomacy can be an important tool. However, it would be an effective tool when the communities can also cope with the cut-offs and disruptions that drive the globe toward crisis. In the USA, it means that the gap between the U.S. public and a Washington, DC, foreign policy establishment should be bridged that has been far too headstrong in how it consumes American treasure and blood. Internationally, it means that the losses and disruption associated with globalization should be softened, and its benefits should be harnessed so that more broad-based prosperity can be created. Moreover, it means the international order of the past half-century should be adjusted so that emerging powers, as well as the new players, can also take a position on the scene and have a contribution to renewal and preservation of its institutions.

One may look at these tasks pessimistically, and consider them as impossible obstacles. We are a hundred years on, and should still remove that “foulest blot.” However, although those hundred years saw awful horrors, at the same time, they have also witnessed exceptional progress in human welfare and peace. Given the peaceful end of the Cold War, we found that leadership and diplomacy are yet important concepts and human agency is still influential. There always will be limits for this human agency, and we will all the time be vulnerable to powerful forces of history. However, it is possible to bend trend lines, and it is possible to overcome even the most durable resistance.

There are essays that indicate this effort; Some of the hardest questions of the world today are addressed in such essays and they attempt for a more peaceful world when the future of that project is again uncertain. It is known that four out of five violence victims around the globe are victims of criminal or state-supported violence rather than victim of formal conflicts. In this situation, wrestling with the governance issues is vital- and the political, economic, and social deficiencies result in instability and grow extremism and alienation. We live in an era that there are cyber conflict threats to alter traditional notions of war. Thus, devising rules of the road with the capacity of capturing technology’s promise and confining its risks is vital. It is an era that the bloom of international justice and law is withering. Thus, we have to keep survive and show the hope of norms and processes that are able handle conflicts and blame those committing abuses. We also should take lessons from our efforts for promoting peace during the past century. There have been scholars who attempted to deal with these questions and they show that importance and relevance of (figures like) Andrew Carnegie’s charge persists.

Even idealists such as Carnegie were aware of the fact that stability and peace are not static concepts. With the continuous shift of the international outlook, our action and thinking should also change. I hope that one day the poison of the past will be drained, as envisioned by Carnegie, and I believe that for this journey, we require revitalization of diplomacy.

The term “peace” has lost its meaning in the political discourse of today’s world. Politicians are more interested in invoking the somehow more uncompromising concept of “security” to cope with threats and encounter conflicts. The great philanthropists tend to have an investment in issues like global health rather than in peace-related projects. In 17 Sustainable Development Goals mentioned by the United Nations, “Peace” is mentioned in just one goal, and just in the context of the aspiration for promoting inclusive and peaceful communities for sustainable development.

Albeit the term peace is perceived in negative meaning- as absence of conflict, it is an essential determining factor to cure or prevent all the challenges and threats delineated in these objectives, from chronic diseases to children poverty and environmental degradation. As estimated by the World Bank, the cause of 80% of all humanitarian demands is conflicts, and conflicts decrease GDP growth by 2% points annually, on average.

In a higher aspiration, we can regard peace as the harmonious condition and the supreme human right, underpinning everything in a robust world. In different periods, public thinkers in the modern era attempted to make clear this more positive notion. Martin Luther King Jr. in his Nobel Lecture of 1964 stated:

We should establish our vision not only on the banishment of war but also on the positive assertion of peace. It should be found that peace offers nicer music, a cosmic melody, which surpasses the disharmonies of war.

These were not usual words. Why the instinctive caution in talking peace? This word was excessively used, misused, and hurt in the 20th century. Maybe we can blame Leonid Brezhnev and Neville Chamberlain. In 1938, the British prime minister used the term “peace for our time” when he came from a meeting with Adolf Hitler. It was one of the cloudiest points in the history of Europe, which this invocation is still a bad feeling and memory in minds. The term peace was appropriated by the leaders of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and they overused this word so much that it became annoying. In 1981, Brezhnev, the person crushing Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring in 1968, declared the Soviet Union and its allies as the major supporters of world peace.”5 It is not wondering that Václav Havel, Czech rebel, explained that he and his fellow citizens had an allergy to this word for 40 years, and he wanted to overcome this allergy.

In 1900, a different air flew in the world. A global movement appeared with international peace as its goal. The great powers of the world attended in two Hague Peace Conferences during 1899 and 1907, which built a new international frame, prohibiting conflict and winning triumph in officially forbidding certain warfare types.

Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American philanthropist and industrialist, is known as the greatest inventor and one of the primary advocates of the above-mentioned peace movement. His death was in August 1919, when the slaughter of the First World War had disappointed him. However, he left some institutions with the goal of achievement of international peace.

These essays came out after a century, when the world witnessed global turbulence- although it was not as severe as 1919. The collection of “Peace Conversations” of Carnegie in The Hague was published, assisted by the Carnegie UK Trust and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published them. Hence, this is a collective work, reflecting on the heritage of Carnegie’s vision, the international peace meaning now and one century ago, and the new context where conflict continues in the globe.

Putting their hopes in the realm of reason, Carnegie and his fellow peace activists believed that the European Enlightenment project was about to win and war could be abrogated. Mankind had disallowed fighting and disputes among people. Thus, in 1905, Carnegie at St. Andrews University told the move of progress could turnover conflict between nations to history. Following conferences on the peace, he developed the “temple of peace,” which is known as the elegant Hague Peace Palace. It was opened in 1913 and yet hosts the Carnegie Foundation, the International Court of Justice, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. A note was sent to the trustees of the newly established Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in December 1910 by Carnegie. In this letter, he asked trustees to spend revenue of this center for hastening the war abolition, the foulest blot upon our civilization. After achievement of this goal, the board should make a decision on “the subsequent most humiliating remaining evils” that have to fight against.

The catastrophe of the Great War of 1914–1918 crushed optimism of peacemakers. The fumble peace of 1919 once again crushed their optimism. Jay Winter in his essay, elaborated painful details of the drawbacks in the Versailles Treaty of 1919, its failure in establishing it a peaceful order in Europe. It just paved to way to a new war two decades later. Versailles omitted the defeated and the desires of non-Europeans were ignored. As the German economy crippled, Europe was doomed to economic recession. The 1919 settlement was like a building that had been constructed on fragile foundations, being built under the pressure of the global economic depression in 1929 and the entry of the Nazis in 1933.

In the turbulent conditions of the 1920s and 1930s, the Carnegie institutions were struggling to resist the nationalism, economic crisis, and protectionism. The liberal internationalists, James Brown Scott, James Shotwell, and Nicholas Butler, known as Carnegie men, won a better opportunity in 1945 for promoting their vision. These men had been distracted in the craft of the 1919 treaty. However, they again gained a profound involvement in the development of a new postwar settlement and the United Nations. According to record of Frédéric Mégret, the Nuremberg Trials were a short moment when international justice was respected and there was a prosecution for crimes against peace. However, this internationalist time mostly known as postwar period. With starting the Cold War, peace again, became an evasive goal.

What lead us all into such a chaos?

By ending the Cold War in 1991, a new brilliant postwar point appeared. However, after a quarter of a century again we saw dark clouds coming. New types of disorders are characteristics of the contemporary world. It seems that the brutal world of the First World War time is returning.

There are three main trends that drive violence and conflicts in the contemporary world which I have described in this preface. The first trend is determination of national leaders for defending the supremacy of state sovereignty against multilateral international organizations. The second one is the elevated capability of non-state actors in the modern era, like drug barons, such as warlords, money-launderers, and terrorists, which create instability and conflict. The third trend reduction of the human agency by technology specifically advanced IT, and accordingly, the smaller size of the world and facilitation of asymmetrical warfare, where a small group of people can create significant disruption.

Andrew Carnegie and the generation of 1900 identified the first trend, although the international organizations dreamed by Carnegie did not still emerge. This story indicates that the power in the world is possessed by nation-states. They have competition with each other for lands and the resources of the world. For this purpose, these nation-states have an insistence on the absolute right or fetishization of state supremacy. One of the most threatening consequence of this phenomenon is deployment of nuclear weapons by the states in defiance of each another, though it might not be the most salient outcome.

This was not 1914 revisited. Robert Muggah and Rachel Kleinfeld noted that state-to-state conflict levels in the world are currently at historical lows. The way of confrontation of the big powers of the world with each other has changed in the form of proxy war in third countries, digital destruction, or punishing trade tariffs. In addition, the strength of nationstates of the early 21th century is likely less than at any time in modern history, and they are taking their last stand against a long global integration process (consider quixotic isolationist politics of Brexit?). However, the voice of states is getting louder in the meantime. In recent years, governments of such countries as China, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, India, and the USA have fed global disruption for their “national interest.”

Look at some cases from 2019. In August 2019, government of India stated that making decision on abolishment of the Indian-administered Kashmir autonomy is an internal affair, although it could have international consequences and could flame conflicts with Pakistan. Again in August 2019, we witnessed insistence of Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil on the Amazon forest fires as a domestic affair of Brazil and the countries of Amazon, despite the fact that these fires accelerated global warming and provoked resistance of local residents. The government of China claimed that those who criticize China’s surveillance operation for monitoring and controlling the Uyghur tribes in Xinjiang Province are interfering in internal affairs of China.

There were severe international reactions to the first two examples, which indicates multilateral diplomacy is still alive. Bernard Bot, former head of The Hague Peace Palace, and William Burns, head of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, are recognized as two esteemed and noble diplomats and Carnegie men, which skillfully showed the necessity of diplomacy. Diplomacy demands crafty and astute and innovative individuals now. Besides, diplomacy requires profound international institutions. Bernard Bot noted that if we want to implement a peace process successfully, longlasting commitment and planning are needed that only can be provided by a mature and experienced international body.

The second trend is more contemporary. The wars in the globe have always been waged by non-state actors-from Vikings in 8th century to the warriors of the Thirty Years’ War. However, their outcome has not ever been very considerable. According to Mary Kaldor, contemporary conflict is described as a social situation or a mutual enterprise where the interests of a large number of armed groups from violence itself are more than from victory. It seems that there is not any end for the conflicts in Democratic Republic of Congo or in Syria where small gangs are supported by remote sponsors or liberated local resources and are operating in regions where regular statehood has vanished.

In other countries, a more robust state constructs similar consequences as the government conspires with or hires out enforcement to offensive actors, and consequently, systematic violence is engendered. Muggah and Kleinfeld depicted a shocking image of the situation in such countries as Mexico and Brazil. Apparently, there is no war in these countries. However, the number of deaths from violence is equal or even higher than death rates in Syria or Afghanistan. They used the term “privilege violence” for describing a cruel circle where security forces and politicians are allowed to have cartels, mafias, and gang impunity, bribes, campaign contributions, and help escape the vote or repress electorates.

There is a third trend that enhances the devastating power of non-state actors. This trend is the increasing democratization and sophistication of technology. Currently, the primary handguns of the world include a smartphone and a laptop. The opportunities that these devices provide for some global citizens have been unimaginable a generation ago. At the same time, if a single laptop is used by the wrong individuals, it has the capability of disabling the electricity grid if a country.

The most frightening indication of this trend is cyberwarfare. Wyatt Hoffman and George Perkovich explained this novel phenomenon and what peacemaking could create if it is to be stopped. They warned about exaggeration of cyberwarfare: all and all, no one has still died from it. This is conflict with no violence (a mirror image of the phenomenon described by

Muggah and Kleinfeld, as violence without conflict). However, its worst-case could still be expected. According to these authors, the cyber peacemaking challenge is something beyond the capacity of governments alone. Wherever cyber starts, other kinds of warfare, where humankind has the reliance on intelligent technology, will indeed pursuit.

Tell us if there is peace in our modern life?

Complicated solutions are needed for global problems. Given the increasing global disorder in its different forms, it is necessary to reimagine an international peace project, although it should be totally different from the project in a century ago.

If we want to revive the term “peace” as a political notion, we obviously should handle it carefully. Even Brendan McAllister, the notable peace activist, ascertains to being delicate concerning this term, admitting to call it “an exhausted platitude, which has been used and misused by all sides of conflict and, subsequently, long past its sell-by date and best avoided.”

Nevertheless, according to McAllister as the first to volunteer, if there is a correct enabling context, this notion can be reestablished-with an eye on the “spaces between the words.” At different periods some endeavors have been made for positing this notion as something beyond just the absence of war, or as McAllister puts it, shalom instead of pax. Johan Galtung, who is generally recognized as the father of peace research essays in 1960s, devised the term “positive peace” in this regard.

John F. Kennedy in June 1963 tried to boost the same notion in a popular lecture at American University in Washington, DC. Kennedy, who reached out to the Soviet Union aiming at de-escalating the nuclear arms race, asked rhetorically,

Do you know the kind of peace that I mean? What type of peace do we look for? It is not a Pax Americana imposed on the world by American war weapons. It is not the slave security or peace of the grave. I mean pure peace, it is such a peace that makes the earth worth to live, the kind of peace enabling growth and hope of individuals, and building a better life for their children-not just peace for Americans but for all women and men-not just peace in our time but for all time.12

The kind of peace intended by Kennedy is a more attainable and practical peace, which is not based on a sudden revolution in human nature, rather it is based on a gradual evolution in human institutions. The notion of “a continuous development in human institutions, which supports a rule-based order, is what we try to achieve through our works and efforts, although it seems that most global trends work in the opposite direction. When the nations with less power, particularly those in the Global South, would be pessimistic to a novel rules-based order when they witness making and breaking the rules by the big powers of the world.

First of all, a novel set of rules requires stronger endorsement of international law institutions than many of the big powers of the world, including USA, Russian, and China, have been willing to give. This is the story that Frédéric Mégret narrates in his work; it is an unfinished story that aptly interweaves the law and history. It narrates endeavors for building an international justice system in the contemporary era for dealing with conflicts of the world, it is story of the resistance of big powers against the project. They agreed the project only if it was aligned with their interests. Besides, it recounts the internal contradictions faced by the project, like in cases that there was incompatibility in pursuit of peace and justice.

Andrew Carnegie passionately believed that international justice is the remedy of world conflict. He had pursued the modern chapters of this story with interestingly. He would feel refuted in some respects. Nevertheless, The Hague Peace Palace endowed by him yet hosts two international courts that work as arbitrators on very quarrelsome global conflicts. As already mentioned, based on the judgment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2009, the dilemma in the conflict about the boundary of Abyei, a province in Sudan, was resolved.

The authors reached a convergence in description of a more hopeful phenomenon. They described a type of global civil community that is currently alive in the form of civil groups and NGOs. It is a much greater movement compared to the small groups of citizens funded by Carnegie in European countries and the USA in the 1900s. We can describe it as the other side of the coin of the evil non-state actors we already talked about. Using this global civil society, we can start to look for peace drivers, instead of conflict agents.

Brendan McAllister made a warning. He is a veteran of the Northern Ireland peace settlement. In the case of absence of persistent collaboration and inclusivity, peace processes would be limited. When the peace process is merely a legal and technical process, it would be chiefly negotiated based on interests, needs, and positions and agreements would be designed mainly based on structures instead of attempting to strengthen relations between opponents who should eliminate enmities and cooperate for suit inability of the peace. The chemistry of a peace settlement is as significant as the physics.

This reminds the lessons of a century ago. A civil movement that advocates a wider scope of peace would be achieved just if it gets across marginalized groups in the world outside North America and Europe. A “democratic drive” should also give a chance to less powerful nations and minority groups. When a commitment to handle global economic inequalities is absent, the liberal internationalism is empty. We can see faulty peace of 1919 as a warning of lost opportunity and the devaluation of international peace.

An urgent necessity is being felt that the unheard voices of the youths shall be heard and welcomed;

We, the messengers of peace and civilization, from Iran, have a message for the whole universe and we are determined to deliver that message to the ears and eyes of the peace seekers like ourselves.

tutto l'amore e la pace!

A Letter

From: Willem Petrus Burger, M.O.P Peace Ambassador to Africa

To: Ellias Aghili Dehnavi, the President of the M.O.P

The peace within ourselves is the ultimate key to an international everlasting peace!

Why violent conflict? What are the reasons for war, terrorism, genocide, violation of human rights and gender base violence? Why these horrible things?

Is this the responsibility of governments, politicians, collective groups, organizations or business?

My taking is that most individuals (irrespective of race, skin colour or origin) are not in peace with themselves! How can we then expect that communities and a whole world be at peace as its very building blocks, being billions of individuals, are not?

Individuals do not take care of themselves and has no value in doing so. There is only value in the short term and they plainly do not see the long term consequences of their actions. The lack of individual inner peace is founded in anger for a lack of various wants as luxury amenities, living conditions, greed and thus pure unhappiness!

Avoid toxic people, excessive self-blame, staying comfortable, victim mentality, trying to impress others, the pursuit of perfection, grudges, a constant quest for material things, complete self reliance and the chasing of happiness.

Forgive excessively and know that happiness starts with you!

No your beliefs and act accordingly then the collective i.e. our societies will change from in itself

Either be a victim of your circumstance or be someone who sees challenges as opportunities!

You are not the best at all, but do not need to! Everything on this earth takes time and has a time!

Saint Francis De Sales once said: ‘Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit, do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset”

Nobody can cheat the timeline! Follow it and peace will follow you and the collective!

Willem Petrus Burger

Cape Town, Republic of South Africa

A Note

Sustaining Peace and Security; Inclusive International Commitment

One of the characteristics of Iranian civilization is peace. Iranians have been well-known throughout history as a peaceable populace.

Inquiring the adverse news of the world has confirmed that ominous phenomena such as terrorism, violence, war, racism, etc. are all the outcome of post-modern humanity.

Mankind attempts to prove his identity by denying another's identity, and fathoms his existence only through the absence of another's. Why is the emphasis on one's identity still associated with the denial of another's identity in the third millennium? Will our societies remain forever plagued by deadly violence and bursts of suicide attacks, genocides and injustice, simply because of differences in religion, language, race, nationality, and the dogmas of the souls who live in it? Certainly, the role of oppressive and colonial governments in these circumstances cannot be disregarded. All these differences and turmoil in the world are due to the inability of human beings to reach a common understanding, rather than resulting from different points of view.

Yet, first, one must reach a common language to reach a common understanding afterward; a common language from which everyone could grasp common and similar sentiments. Conversation occurs when there is a common language.

Basically, human beings have endeavored to present their principles to others throughout history, and others have sometimes accepted these principles and sometimes not.

Where mankind reached a common ground, consistent peace was established; where peace happened only because of the greater power of one side against the other, peace came into being but was inconsistent, and as soon as the strong side weakened or the weak side gained strength, another war broke out. The importance of human beings reaching common understanding and notions for achieving abiding peace is evident.

Now, international peace and security are among the prerequisites for human rights. With the endangerment of international peace and security, all human rights and liberties are threatened; one could imagine the extent of it by considering that global warfare and threats not only disrupt international peace and security but also undermine civil, political, social and cultural rights, the right to development, and the rights upon the environment.

In recent decades, measures have been implemented to maintain international peace and security, and various forms of it have emerged. The international community endeavors to establish an inclusive international commitment for peace and security by acknowledging living in peace as a fundamental human right.

Finally, I would like to thank the Academy of Messengers of Peace and Civilization for presenting the Melody for Peace festival and for compiling this valuable book.

Seyed Abbas Mousavi

Former Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Republic of Azerbaijan

A Melody Called Peace

By Professor Sam Fischer

Taste and see that the lord is good

By probing the little nightingale singing in a wood;

How easily she praises the glory

She narrates the lord's story.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy

When you witness a little boy

Who plays freely in the lands of the lord

In the beginning was his mercy, was the word.

And receive from him anything we ask

For we shall spread honesty and unmask

Ourselves in front of his holy presence;

For he sees us all; he, the ultimate omnipresence.

Fear not! For The Lord of hosts is with us

On the earth, Jupiter or the planet Mars;

There flies the everlasting spirit

Who no entities can limit.

This is a melody for peace which cease the unjust blood

Scattered the earth; be there, for all things are possible with God;

This is the literature of the holy spirit

Reminding us of peace; the love we inherit.

 

21st Century Peace Tune

My father made it home from the war with just a touch of insanity, married, made children, four including me and he never had to wonder if his brother made it out alive, his brother was shot, in the back, by the cops, in 1929, stealing coal off a train in Detroit.

The war’s right here now, on the street now, at your door now, and every day you wonder about the ones you love, did they make it out alive? because everyone’s infected by the touch of insanity, where’s the peace He wanted us to have?

If I don’t make it out alive, I’ll see you on the other side, in the quiet place He made for us and everyone will be there to enfold us in The Love, it sounds so good sometimes I just want to go NOW

What did He say?

He said love one another, everyone’s your brother, do unto others as you would have them do to you, he said Peace be with you… He said don’t worry about tomorrow, don’t hold on to sorrow, ask and it will be given, upon this rock I build my church, he said Peace be with you..

1

A Funky Stamp ‘N Go Shanty

Get up! Start to feel the magic motion

We stand and watch the masters of the ocean

Last sup’! Must have been Davy Jones locker

It was real wild it was a roller and a rocker.

So we are coastin’ in and rovin’ out

Hoist the mizzenmast, blowin’ out

Jolly Roger flies like the good ol’ flaggy

Keepin’ all the doggies really raggy

Wailin’ and shoutin’ and simply boilin’ up

The salty brine is overflowin’ the cup.

Mermaids so beautiful and exotic

Makin’ love so passionate and erotic

Steamin’ so hot you’d swear it was demonic

Pirates passin’ up a hidden treasure

Irate and sick about their lack of leisure

They abducted gypsies for their token pleasure.

But it comes like a mournful tune

From the bullhorn of our King Neptune

Like a buoy ringin’ tellin’ us that soon

Will be singin’ yellin’ our shipwrecked blues

like a frustrated ol’ cow groans and moos.

Life at sea can be adventurous indeed

Sadly sometimes we can be constantly in need

of a woman who can help us plant our seed.

Up in the sky we’ll find north and south

east and west, the stars be our guide.

Rhythm and riddlin’ jester and joker

will rattle their sticks in double time.

Tally ho the fishermen are hunters

bringin’ us the fruits of the sea divine.

At sunset we play melodeon and poker

till we fall asleep in a pretty slumber.

Lost our harpoon from the whalin’ days

Smaller fish are now our gentle prey

Found a myna bird in the East Indies

to imitate our shout and respond

Amusin’ our hearts like a magic wand

Kept him like a pirate’s parrot

Ridin’ on the rudder to the keel

Yosemite Sam, with his specialty,

seduced Bugs with a golden carrot.

Approachin’ the captain with a deal

Scoffed it off with a foot and heal.

Drinkin’ up the finest one malt

Waitin’ for the great assault

Keepin’ the fire water from the buccaneer

Bein’ greeted with an ugly sneer.

Bein’ suckered into the greatest lotto

Savin’ my pennies was also my motto

Crackin’ the safe of the billionaire

Goin’ bald while losin’ his hair

Chasin’ the hillbilly mountaineer

Givin’ the loose change to the debonair

Whippin’ myself for missin’ the chance

to jump 'cross the island with some romance.

Ladies are scarce o’er the open sea

We’re diein’ for warmth and sympathy

Hidin’ out from all the work and toil

Blastin’ dynamite while searchin’ for oil

Underneath the deck the ovens boil

Cookin’ the fuel for the privateer

as they travel the open frontier.

Our shirts are dirty, stained and soiled.

We can’t be happier with our brandy

singin’ a funky stamp ‘n go shanty.

A little Peace

2

A little Peace

As I was walking slowly by

a church on Sunday morn

I could hear voices raised

in praise for the lord above.

The voices were sweet and soft,

but loud enough for the lord to hear,

as the praises they were singing

drifted through the air.

Not a single voice

was out of tune

as they sang out there.

When the voices went quiet,

a serine silence drifted down

over everything and everyone around.

God was answering their prayers

for a little peace everywhere today.

 

Artists Together For Peace

we are together with our Arts

We are together with our Peace

We are all artist of the world

together with our Arts for Peace

We all have very strong belief

That our art relate to peace

Let's sing together for peace

Let's grow together for peace

Let's sing together this song of love

For the sake of Love and Peace

 

At Peace

That night I laid beside you

With one hand upon your heart

It beat ever so gently

As we laid there in the dark

For hours we spoke

Only with honesty and truth

Somewhere between our words

I fell in love with you

We spoke in quiet whispers

Careful not to wake our friends

As they slept we had conversation

That seemed to know no end

You told me of your weakness

Of your fears and your past

I shared with you the stories

Of the loves that could not last

For once I was contempt

Just to have someone there

Somehow in that conver sation

I let myself open up and care

My heart ceased it's breaking

And my mind laid to rest

Your eyes brought me smiles

While your heartbeat eased my breath

For the first time I was happy

Happy to have someone to hold

As I wrapped you tight in my arms

To shield you from the cold

As the sun began to rise

In the window it shined through

You pulled me ever closer

And I fell asleep, At Peace, with you.

At The Peace Center

Each word is a stone

rearranged by the spring tide

down at the seashore.

Earth, air, water, fire

are conjoined here in one piece

at each poem's heart.

When the tide comes in

all the stones are tossed about

by the water waves.

The process goes on

day and night deep in our minds

with each new thought.

There are two movements

ever at work in all things even

in ourselves.

These movements make us

Tangential and radial.

We stroke and we poke.

We bump and we scrape

as do the smoothed stones

along a cobbly seashore.

We move like the stones

moving down at the mind's beach

being rearranged.

The rising waters

immerse us and we compose

in recreation.

Our view is shaken

in each kaleidoscopic

movement to novelty.

Those who are ready

to have their world rearranged

drown in the love tide.

Words come together

to m ake us compatible

at the peace center.

 

Beautiful Birds of Peace

How Beautiful of birds

of the air,

seeing their awesome

wonderful flair.

So quiet it would be

without their sound

watching them as they

fly all around.

Sweet harmony do they make.

A lonesome world this would be,

for no birds making flight

these wonderful creatures I see.

Beautiful birds of nature

wonderful sounds to my ear

touching me with wonder,

so gentle with serenity

and so dear.

 

The World Needs Peace, Not Through Wars!

What loss of lives and destruction!

Can lives all lost ever return?

How many more will have to die?

Can one man’s death bring back lives lost?

What pollution, a war can add!

Let Cats who declare wars on mice,

Take the blame and pay the price!

War is a gambling game like dice;

War is a futile exercise.

One cannot fight wars with mere knives;

War is a waste of human lives;

Alas, will nations realize

That keeping peace is always wise?

Wars can begin without a cause;

The world can’t have a single boss!

One nation can’t stifle the rest,

Or try to be always the best.

The world body must give OK!

The world must say to wars, all ‘nay’;

For lasting peace, war isn’t the way!

The cost of wars, who will repay?

The world must find out other ways,

Avoiding wars in future days;

Each nation must unmask its face,

And set on peace, its gaze always!

Where Is Peace?

Where is the Peace

our hearts keys

that make us invincible

unpiercable, unscathable

Where is the Peace

that lets us sleep

to up the faith we keep

and Where is the Peace

in a world of war

when we know nothing that's in store

Where is the Peace

when money rears its fangs

to divide class and race among all things

Where is the Peace

can't we all just get along

throw our money and all aside and admit we're wrong

to keep humanity strong

Where is our Peace

 

When Shall We Walk In Peace

Peace, oh peace our bane whirling around in suspense

Peace, like the seasons it pays fleeting visits

Turpsyturvy now a bosom inevitable ally

Everyone yearning for the dreamt, cosy and rosy tenure

When shall the creeplings walk in peace

Till sunset we keep protesting to no avail.

Democracy they say could have been explicable

But the masses' liberty could not be guaranteed

Open wide mouths that could deem fit were shut with naira

The protestants were all nigeriad and massacred

Yet we hope for better days, several acres or riceland

Not a spoon could be edible for the starving citizens.

Just as we grow old the harder our stress becomes

In contrary with our adage that says a rabbit is prone to

To feed from its offspring when it grows old, this is denied

The offspring will have to feed on the mother untill it dies

Then it becomes an orphan stranded with no care yet they call us babe

With everything nurtured by our vision are, we nuts? we fondly ask.

Now do our open wide mouths wider and stronger

We found those those we dreamt capable to forestall our best days

With groaning they were mourned home now our omen is ephemeral

Their splendour foreseen and cut short

By the lions we called leaders with the facial appearance we beheld

We have failed to dull our palms because they are unhatched.

At dawn the whole family with opulent intelligence taking

garri and water, kids fighting over a spoon of garri this is unfair

Those fit to re-structure the day were circumvented, behold the

Land is too bushy for any unsharpen cutlass to confront

Except the mightiest bulldozer when the time ripes

Then we may yearn the arrival of luxury.

We Will Have Peace

When each and every one of us,

completely understands…

That there is no justification,

for abusing another human being.

When the President says

that you must kill…

There is no justification,

for abusing another human being.

When your commanding officer

says that you must torture…

There is no justification,

for abusing another hu man being.

When someone belongs

To another race…

There is no justification,

for abusing another human being.

When someone expresses love

but it does not look the same as mine…

There is no justification,

For abusing another human being.

When your loved one lies and cheats…

There is no justification,

for abusing another human being.

When gossips lie and ruin your reputation…

There is no justification,

for abusing another human being.

When you feel disrespected,

want to start a brawl…

There is no justification,

for abusing another human being.

When someone is poor

not in your “class”

There is no justification,

for abusing another human being.

When we completely understand

this concept and practice it in our lives

We will have peace.

 

War Can Never Bring Peace

War can never bring peace

I wish I could stop this war

I wish I could stop all wars

please stop this war

Your bombs are killing life

That we moms spent months to make

And years of love to nurture

Is it all in vain?

War can never bring peace.

Can't you feel the sorrow of mother?

Who lost everything sunday last!

Can't You hear the crying of loved ones?

Can't you see their tears?

War can never bring peace.

I am afraid of TV

I don't dare to switch it on

Coz it brings so much pain home

Coz it brings the sorrow home

Oh! please stop all wars.

True Peace

Folks greeting those they meet.

Children playing in the street.

People working hand in hand

For the better of the land.

Atonement with the great I Am.

Lion resting with a lamb.

World leaders shaking hands—

In truth —not because they can.

Sacrificing at all cost

To minimize potential lost.

Such, the face of true peace,

Would bring the world much relief.

May strife and fighting ever cease

And “true” peace be increased.

 

Transitory Peace

Oh yes I remember the time

When all was well with me

I would hear the clock chime

After I had had my tea

I was at nana’s house

A place of sanctuary

No more for me the madness

Outside that haven of sanity

Oh yes I remember the time

When we had to leave

I cried and hugged my nana

Her love I could perceive

She wiped away my tears

A little boy so naïve

Swept along the way

A lifetime yet to retrieve.

To Peace

O Peace! For ages haven't we invoked

Your grace by chanting your name ceaselessly?

We're sorely tired; our voices are choked:

Must you still evade us mercilessly?

What will you accept as our libation?

In vain we've offered you, at various stages,

Of Faith and Hope a sweet distillation.

'Labour' too failed to win you as 'wages'.

Ah! You're too precious to be won cheaply!

For you costlier things we need to barter.

We must place, one by one, successively,

The rarest things at your holy alter-

These being Love, Sacrifice, Selflessness,

Compassion, Contentment and Generousness.

Time for peace

Oh, Manhattan!

How exciting and magical you were yesterday!

With your tall, magnificent buildings,

Far from this catastrophic view -

Great pain, destruction, and all dark smoke

In today's morning so grey!

Innocent people lie around You now.

Their cries keep being heard, though.

They have left an urgent message

For all of us to be humble and wise

And to let solidarity fully grow.

Thousands of hearts riven by grief

Spending their days in distress

Just longing for a time

Bringing all the world nothing better than Peace!

There Will Be Peace

There will be peace.

Do not fear.

From your eye,

Wipe that tear.

There will be peace.

Do not worry.

Just do not be in such a hurry.

There will be peace, just wait.

This situation is not our fate.

There will be peace.

Do not become discouraged.

Be brave and have some courage.

There will be peace.

Not right away.

But when it comes,

You will surely cherish that day.

The Way to Peace

Forget about your country's history

To hell with all the zionistic imagery

The grudges that you hold don't matter really

I don't care about your religious integrity

Who cares if they fired SCUD's and killed your children?

Peace will be with all if you can love them

Forget about your fake democracy

It doesn't matter if some of your voters seem to disagree

The prisoners that you hold don't matter really

I don't care about your political integrity

Who cares if they were the cause of 9/11?

Peace will be with all if you can love them

Forget about your hatred for Mugabe

If you cut him, he will surely bleed

The corpses that you hold don't matter really

I don't care about your family's integrity

Who cares if he feels more of a man by killing them?

Peace will be with all if you can love him

Forget about your devastating enemy

Don't worry about the countless chargeless detainees

The borders that you hold don't matter really

I don't care about your cultural integrity

Who cares if they've still been judged to be olympian?

Peace will be with all if you can love them

Forget about your country's civil liberties

Don't worry about the terrorist LTTE

The buddhist monks you hold don't matter really

I don't care about your Sinhalan integrity

Who cares if you're ignored by all the UN?

Peace will be with all if you can love them

The Path to Peace

This Far Eastern tale is to us very relevant,

Of three blind men who encountered an elephant.

"It's a wall," one man cried,

As he touched its tall side.

"But it's a rope, without fail,"

Said the next, hands on tail.

"Oh no, it's the trunk of a tree,"

On feeling a leg, said the last of the three.

With these words, our story ends.

It appears that the three men stayed friends.

For this to happen, you can be quite sure

Each of them had to get the whole picture.

So when with a person you disagree,

You may eye-to-eye yet readily see

If you compare your perspectives --- And spare the

invectives.

 

The Nights Bring No Peace

And you lure me from sweet sleep

Into nightscapes and lucid dreams,

By which hellfire the demons play

Amongst mazey labyrinths and sulphurous haze.

In such incarceration do I lie,

Midst choking smoke and slow decay.

Mortal Beauties doomed by Fates

Resonate pleas to unfeeling walls

And take comfort in replays -Awaiting the rise of the Morning Star,

Awaiting impartial judgement to be made,

Awaiting the unfold of their dismay.

What medals that may line his breast,

Unsheathed my lance shall pierce his chest.

No infernal glory he may display

Shall avert me from this Orphic task

Laced with far more blood and hate.

Without a qualm shall I this Dragon slay.

But with time I do come to see

Her flair for conceal of treachery

That led to this unholy way -

That the beauty she did possess

Only gave me greater pains -

By and by my Love was no Euridyce.

So beneath tumultuous sheets still I lay,

For the Adversary to forebode the break of day.

The Grace of Peace

Disturbed upon my bed I lie

With blankets in a heap

Oh Lord dear God again I cry

Please grant Your servant sleep

Please show me where I'm going wrong

What now I ought to do

That I in peace may sing my song

And know I'm pleasing You

For You are God, Father and King

The Lamb on Heaven's throne

Creator Lord of everything

And life's true Cornerstone

Your majesty will see no end

Your power will remain

Yet as my God my trusted friend

Please take away my pain

Remove the burden from my heart

The baggage of despair

Command the turmoil swift depart

That I may peace declare

Destroy this plague this grievous woe

Demand the storm to cease

Sever the bridle of the foe

And give me inner peace

The future though I may not see

And though my pasts of shame

I'm reaching out to victory

In Jesus' mighty na me

Whatever must be sacrificed?

Until this fight is won

My faith is in The living Christ

My hope is in Your Son.

 

The Figure of Peace

How still though art,

In peace though depart,

No more sorrows thou shall know,

No tears, no grief,

Just joy where you go.

We poor beings are living in hell,

But though the heavens of Earth now shalt tell,

As we stand here we plead,

Just one word do say, up there are thou gay!

No answer doth come from that figure of Peace,

Nothing but silence that mocks us to cease,

And so we shall wait until we do die,

to meet our dear friend in the heavens so high,

Till then we must live through this world full of grief,

Trust in God and be strong.

In our only belief.

 

The Drummer Boys of Peace

Mercy's peace

has her own drummer boys..

they tap out their beats

on metal pots

Peace has her flags

… the leaves in the wind

They are the flags of 1 nation

and of all.. all for one

one for all

She has her orators

… the babbling brooks..

the waterfalls' roar

.. the rivers' murmurs

the seas' omkar

(Omkar: repetition of Om)

 

Smile a Step To Peace

Man is thought to be tough,

Inside-out… rough!

Cast as a man of steel,

A fighter…

Equalizer…

Lover.

Joy is in my heart as I live on this land,

Often zealous if my honor still stand.

Human sometimes does not mind what others say,

Nor I care if ever they do not like to stay.

My concern is only peace & prosperity,

Amongst all men in this confused society.

Rebellion is not an ultimate to protest.

God's mercy & guidance shall put to rest,

All our sorrows and discontentment.

Talk peacefully to settle hated arguments,

Or just mainly start an honest smile.

 

River Roads of Peace

Poetry like ploughshares have dug the dirt away

opening a road on blood stained hardened clay.

Earthened shells buried deep in different hollow holes.

Guests of war remain at peace.

Heal their souls.

As we have forgiven those may they forgive us.

Our hatred is uprooted.

Peace lies in the dust.

Cornered not by chains or imprisioned by the guilt,

peace is like a river that washed away the blood we spilt.

Etched into forever our souls will someday be,

in the place God reserves for you my friend and me.

 

Poem for Peace

There is much peace in this young planet

Whenever we’re amazed and silent

There is more silence than yet encountered

Where we command our traffic to a halt

More energy than we have manufactured

Is generating in our resting

The music to affirm our species

Is infant in the frets on our guitars

It will be a necessity, a hunger, to embrace

And occasionally to suffocate, the chaos

To dream new revolutions, smarter

Than the ways of fragmentation in which we’re led -

Revolutions weaving all complexity

Into a fine and trusted net,

Of safety, method and community

That is simple, and at peace, at last.

Future children and other people:

You may not realize this peace or hunger,

And as I am no seer, I propose

In one day, or world, it will appear.

 

Peace, Peace, Peace

In the Bible-God says, let there

be peace among all nations.

Peace is something to cherish

and behold…whether in heart

or in soul; peace in Spirit, and in

mind…gives us the feelings to be kind

Peace among group's …minority, black

and white…leads us to do what's right

Peace in our cities, homes, and towns

is what we all need…if it can be found

Peace in the world…among all Nations,

is just what we need for self-presentation.

Peace in our lives, with family and friends

Will help make us all ready… when God descends

But there can be no peace, without,

"God's intervention", so let us all

"Accept Him, " and have a world convention.

 

Peace Seeker

I am a sucker for

rumors about peace

treaties and cease fires

willing to believe

what I want, to come true

the slightest hint an armistice

is in the makiing,

perks up my spirits

ignites my hopes

already I am making plans

it'so easy to fool me

again and again

my moral fiber

no better than others,

yet has faith, reasonance in tune

with the circadian rythmn

of the man in the moon

from armistice to Oslo

The road map and Geneva

al all children of what i want

I am trapped by desires, fantasies

and dreams that have not come true

 

Peace or Poverty

Their skin soaks up the heat

Leaving it as black as the midnight sky,

Their eyes wide, white, pleading

Begging to the passersby.

They litter the street

Half naked bodies,

Red and colouring their feet

Searching for a entrance

A door out of the circle of poverty.

Poverty means destruction

Destruction means fear

Behind locked doors we sit in early evening

Too scared to see a black face

Terrified of black feet crossing the threshold.

But why be fearful of your slaves,

Those you whip and beat

Treating like the dirt from the doormat

Where you wipe your feet.

Role diversity causes poverty

Poverty destroys peace

But peace minus poverty

Means Equality should increase.

 

Peace left Behind

An inspiration for the days, that nothing goes as planned,

A wave on the beach, as you play in the sand,

Never to be forgotten, a good friend will be there.

A star in the sky, when you admire in awe,

A leaf on a tree, that turns in the Fall,

Never to be forgotten, a good friend will be th ere.

And we are left with our past, that we keep in our head,

The memories we made, the tears that we shed.

We leave you to rest, to watch us with care,

Never to be forgotten, a good friend will be there.

 

Peace in My Heart

You must understand when i say

beware of humans in search of prey

of there own kind, must kill to get ahead

the ones who don't see, end up dead

on my planet its unfortunate

plague of poverty, ambitions to make it

clever plots to better the future

ignorant ways, life with no structure

accelerating through the path of destruction

hate to be led, but we need some instruction

on how to survive and live with our kind

selfless acts, no one left behind

easy to fight, difficult to live in peace

thoughts of hate need to be deceased

unfortunate but true, we will never change

your crazy if you think peace is in range

peace of mind is what i strive for

won't quit, i'm sure i can endure

must stay a step ahead, with a plan 'B'

they think i'm blind, trust me i see

don't take me for others you've met in the past

why do people continue to let the nonsense last

some think they comprehend, but you really don't

attempts to play me for a sucker, you truely won't

will take my steps with much discretion

if provoked, expect an attack with such aggression

caged brained, can't excape the thoughts it will create

america's wars, add them to the crime rate

wasting my time with thoughts of a better outcome

keep my thoughts straight, a better man i will become

Peace in My Eyes

The sound of a distant cannon,

The incoherent shout of a General,

The ground oozing out mineral –

A battlefield in 1982, Lebanon.

What a war it was, terrible,

Not like any other seen before.

And I like my brothers four

Was forced to go to battle.

The sights I saw, the smells I smelt,

Still haunt me in my bed.

Even now they’re in my head –

The worst things I’ve ever felt.

But now, years after the war,

I see that things aren’t better.

In fact, the wars are now dirtier

And more gruesome by far.

Why, oh why do we fight,

What do we fight for?

Money, Love, Power? Or

A display of our might?

Money, it is ephemeral,

Love is the opposite of war;

A fool is he who fights for power,

So there’s no good reason at all.

Peace, Peace, I crave for peace,

That wonderful beacon of light;

That glorious ray of hope that might

Give, to the lock of violence, a key.

Let us all pray and pray

For, we are all one.

What does it matter if it is

Arabia or Lebanon?

World peace we can never get,

For there will always be war.

But can’t we all pray for

All the peace we can get?

What, oh what is this peace,

What is it all about?

I’ll feel at peace when we shall

All live in harmony;

Without bias on cast or creed

Or religion, race or skin,

For, are we all not

God’s kith and kin?

 

Peace Be with You

Oh God! I need a quiet place,

Where flows the nectar of peace,

Not that kind of dead peace,

In the grave, one finds with ease.

I went to the Himalayas Mountain,

But peace there was no certain,

As the solitude tore my mind,

A little peace when I tried to find.

I heard good spiritual lectures,

Those from eminent preachers,

For peace, I left no place unturned,

But with a perturbed mind I returned.

Tell me, oh God, that unknown place,

Where lies that elusive peace,

What I need, now I can find,

So, I’ll have peace of mind.

God answered, “Hey you fool,

First learn to keep yourself cool,

Don’t search elsewhere out,

But dive deep into your heart.”

“Peace isn’t an object that lies outside,

But it’s a feeling that’s generated inside.

Learn to cultivate peace in your heart.

To enjoy this peace, better you now start.”

“Know this I’m in your heart.

I fill it up with peace quite a lot.

This divine peace when you merit,

No need to go elsewhere for it.”

Peace and Pieces

peace of mind and pieces of mind

easy to find and hard to define

peace of heart and pieces of heart

present when together and absent when depart

peace of love and pieces of love

happy if it's true and sad if its bluff

peace of family and pieces of family

good when sharing and worst when breaking

peace of soul and pieces of soul

good or bad our deeds play a lead role

peace of world and pieces of world

its p rice less as it cannot be bought or sold

peace to sleep and pieces of sleep

relaxes when deep and breaks with even a beep.

 

Peace and peace and peace

Peace,

Bring it on

Peace, peace

You do no wrong

Peace, peace, peace

You are strong

Stronger then hatred

Stronger than fear

Stronger than the dark powers

of a troubled mind

Peace

Stay with me

Peace, peace

Flee not, try to be kind

Peace, peace, peace

Why hath thou so tough to find?

Peace and Gentle Notions

When we awoke this morning,

I felt a strange and different flow in me,

and my thoughts were filled,

with peace and gentle notions.

As the sun was setting late last night,

there was a chill of night descending,

that was chased away by love, somehow,

and a feeling of affection.

As our sleep was closing in,

I felt the smiles on our faces,

and as we held each other closely,

while confined in open spaces.

And, though I can't remember much today,

I still, somehow see us walking,

hand in hand on flowered earth,

without speaking, we were talking.

I can still remember, reaching out to you,

kissing and caressing you,

then drifting off to dreamland,

holding on to you still.

It's really not much wonder that,

when we awoke this morning,

I felt a whole new flow in me,

and I ignored all warnings.

You felt like a new drug to me,

my heart absorbed the potion,

though straight and tall,

I took it all, and felt the surge,

… of peace and gentle notions.

 

Peace, Hope, Faith

Happiness to me denied

lost and drifting, search for I

what a loathsome lie.

Love promised and once fulfilled

no sooner found than is killed

hearts longing stilled.

Peace, once I knew its way

once grasped, it refused to stay

Not one more day.

Hope, that shining star ahead

pulled from my hand instead

Hope no more, it is dead.

Faith, what is left when there is no more

Faith knows not the future

for me in this lonely world.

 

Do You Want Peace?

Shiva is Passim

Shiva your universal presence felt;

for enemies dooms already spelt

your miracles even stones melt

you, my enemies already dealt

Shiva stops my wrong ways

and my games he plays

he is merciful, world says

your troubles, his blessings chase!

Shiva! make me financially sound!

in your hands protection I found

make me ever well off

you have given Parvathy, left off

Shiva my case you judge,

let my argument cutting-edge,

see complainant gets crushing humiliation,

and get my just jubilation,

Shiva! you are Sun- shine in mist

for my enemies, prove iron-first,

you are devotees precious gift

enroll me in your devotees list;

Let me have successful fight,

after all I am right,

bring the thieves to light

Shiva! so high your kite!

Believers in Shiva are sapphires!

their troubles he slowly fires!

their lives he makes excellent

everywhere they are brilliant,

For Non- descript feel no scare;

Shiva always minds your welfare!

Your concerns he does share!

enemies he’s going to tear!

Shiva! your glories I sing!

happiness in my life, bring!

you are heart- land king!

to your feet, I ever Cling!

You are full of imagination

Shiva! kill my petty botheration

for my enemies, work ruination

let your test have limitation

from struggles bless me salvation

for you, I have temptatio n

save me, without feeling hesitation

in battle, get me jubilation

‘Shiva’ is excitement and sensation

defeat my enemies with humiliation

Turn my suffering into jollification

work out my life- beautification

with you is my association

Shiva has my welfare concentration

From sadness, happiness you make

Shiva! come for heaven’s s ake!

incarnation now you must take

to save justice from fake!

On you, my hopes I pin,

Change my enemies to dustbin

Shiva! let my side always win!

As the case filed by morally thin!

Shiva! reinforce my confidence, Courage!

my enemies’ plans quash, damage

in your service I engage

devotion to you, my heritage

To serve you, my obligation

to protect me, your operation

wonderful are Shiva your creation

towards you, I have strong fascination

@Surrender is easiest mode,

Arjuna took that road,

Krishna transferred Arjuna’s load,

this is spiritual code.

Krishna rushes to your call

he is all in all

in Mahabharatha he stands tall

he never allows me fall

To serve you, my obligation,

to protect me, your operation,

wonderful are Shiva your creation

towards you, I have strong fascination

Krishna and Shiva both same!

God has different variety name

it is high time he came

and put enemies to shame

To serve is my obligation

to protect me, you r operation

wonderful! Shiva your creation

towards you, I have strong fasc ination.

In your service, I dedicate

with your devotees I associate,

Shiva! enemies-plans, you frustrate

on your name I always concentrate!

through circumstances, You communicate

With you, my side always won

troubleshoots, is your gun

life has been badly run

Shiva! at least now add fun

Man having sacred ash

has Shiva’s blessings- cash

devotees meditating Shiva ever

he will their sufferings sever

Shiva has surprises in store!

2007 was year of bore

2008 opens more opportunities door

success follows more and more

My Knowledge doesn’t invent

your service it underwent

sorrows, defeats you prevent

Shiva you are permanent

Technology touches the sky

Shiva is ever so high

Mobiles gadgets you buy

Tsunamis, Quakes don’t die

Krishna Margazhi your favourite month!

You are present, breadth and length

Rush as re- incarnation The Tenth

put my troubles to death

Make me rich to exist

In your service I persist

my enemies you fight, resist

to get success Shiva! assist

Shiva is force invisible

praying you is sensible

to serve you, desirable

make enemies’ designs miserable

My troubles Shiva you shoot!

ever I adore your foot!

your heart I did loot!

devotion to you, ideal route!

 

Eagle for Peace

I watched an eagle fly

high up in the sky.

Why must he fly so high,

I asked myself why?

He flies so gracefully,

with each stroke of wing.

As I watch him glide,

my heart simply sings.

With power and confidence,

he moves through the air.

Always displaying wisdom,

and does it with a flair.

His power, strength and freedom,

represents our great land.

This majestic bird, a symbol,

to live in peace, as a band.

The eagle and I extend peace,

to all the world.

With love in our hearts,

for all to understand.

 

Eternal Peace

Somewhere between Heaven and Hell

the tides rode ashore and called my name

Answering, with only gigantic waves rushing

against the rocks thrashing with torrid winds

of rage, I stood there helplessly

Pleading with all my might for you to take

me from this island of hell, take me to

to where torture, tears and fright no longer

have an existence

Blowing away fading as far as I could see,

the calmness rushed in, along with the blackened

sea turning to a hue of eternal blue skies

with a soft effervescing of an eternal peace……..

 

Feeling of Peace

Feeling the familiar comfort of

mystery words flashing in front

of me, safely ensconced in the

magic of the theories contained

therein

My existential angst subsides, my

fear of life’s incomprehensible

duties nullified, my fear of trying

to do things I cannot, is ebbing

away

Only the feeling of peace

and comfort stay…

 

God's Peace

There is a peace available, in troubled times, but not to all, A peace available all the time, greater than peace of mind, And this peace goes everywhere, to handle every tiny care, But it has no limits to, the problems it can see you through.

The peace that I’m speaking of, will only come from above, Peace God gives to His own, flowing down from His throne, The peace of God all receive, when by faith they do believe, The Gospel Truth of His Son, Christ, who died for everyone.

Though He died, now He lives, as this peace to us He gives, Sent to believers in this life, to shelter them from daily strife, The Holy Spirit is God’s agent, in whom God’s peace is sent, The Spirit is our true comforter, giving us peace in trials sore.

This peace for us is secured, by the work done by The Lord, And the only part left for us, is to place in The Lord our trust,

Then with a loving nod, Christ sends to us the peace of God, A peace into a believer’s heart, that from God will not depart.

Peace always there for those, keeping eyes on He who rose, Who gave to them a new life, centered in the peace of Christ, This as that believer lives, through the Spirit that Christ gives,

Providing them God’s peace, in their heart that will not cease.

 

Great Peace

Peace is making your calling and election sure;

Enjoying the fruits of the Holy Spirit you will endure;

Fruits such as love, joy, peace and patience against which there is no

law;

Peace is friendship with the Savior and before Him bow;

Great peace is promised to those who love God's law;

And being offended at nothing is nice because;

Peace is not worrying about anything;

Your trust is in God and you love to sing:

Glory to God in the highest and on earth good will toward men;

Peace is a gift from God our Father when you allow Jesus to come in.

 

One Person Cannot Bring Peace

One person cannot bring peace to our World but when millions of good people unite

And march for peace in every village, town and city the war inclined may see some light

Beyond the darkness that surrounds them and through the windows of their soul

The light of change may even penetrate we can change others by thought control.

Gandhi brought great change through nonviolence no g reater power than people power

Divided good people are defeated and their flower of peace is a wilting flower

But united we can bring about change as peace never comes through the gun

The dead never hear the birds singing at the going down of the sun

Refugee camps all over the World are crowded with war refugees

Billions are spent on war weaponry and little on poverty and disease

In the news each day we hear of violence and too much of war and terror we hear

The war men with their war on terror have found new ways of spreading fear.

Amongst the fearful population who believe everything that they say

We lose our own sense of direction when respect to such people we pay

You show some people a flowering garden they only see weeds and decay

And any hope of peace will keep on fading as long as the negative have things their own way.

 

Oh Prince of Peace

Gentle Lord, Oh Prince of Peace,

Grant that soon all wars will cease.

Listen to the children crying.

Listen to the grown folks sighing.

All around the world ther's groaning

Longing for those lost they're moaning.

Gentle Lord, Oh Prince of Peace,

Grant that soon all wars will cease.

Soften all the hearts of men,

Whom all the world they'd gladly pen

Within their walls and do not care

How many hands are wrung in deep despair.

Gentle Lord, Oh Prince of Peace,

Grant that soon all wars will cease.

Make the warriors throughout creation

Lay down their arms in every nation

Promising to live in loving peace;

Letting joy once more increase.

Gentle Lord, Oh Prince of Peace,

Grant that soon all wars will cease.

 

My Dream: A vision of Peace

Where the mountains touch the sky,

Where poets DREAM, where eagles fly,

A secret place above the crowd,

Just beneath a silver-lined cloud.

Lift your eyes to a snowy peak,

And see the soon-to-be we seek.

Whisper DREAMS and let them rise,

To the mountains old and wise.

Climbers climb, it's time to try,

Where the mountains touch the sky.

Take me there. Oh take me now,

Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow.

Where the ocean meets the sky,

Where mermaid dance, where seagulls fly,

A place in DREAMS I know so well,

The sea inside a single shell.

Far across the living sea,

A pale blue possibility,

Beyond the castles made of sand,

Tomorrow in a small child's hand.

Only DREAMERS need apply,

Where the ocean meets the sky.

Take me there. Oh take me now,

Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow.

A common ground for one and all,

Behind the crystal waterfall,

Where Peace flows like a mighty stream,

Like Dr. King I have a DREAM.

Imagine such a goal in sight,

For red and yellow, black and white…

New Delhi, Beijing, Kenya, Rome,

Earth is the place that we call home.

Baghdad, Belfast, Tel Aviv,

One race HUMAN, we still believe,

Come DREAM with me…

Where the forests reach the sky,

Wake to DREAMS, and don’t be shy.

We’ll DREAM the world a thorn-less rose;

We’ll plant then watch it as it grows.

We’ll conquer hate with DREAMS of hope,

We’ll DREAM one big kaleidoscope.

Whisper now; let the DREAM begin,

It's time to trust the truth within.

This is where we seek and find…

A place called PEACE for humankind.

DREAM on DREAMERS, hopes are high,

Where the forests reach the sky.

Take me there. Oh take me now,

Someway, Someday, Somewhere, Somehow.

Now, listen close, the future calls…

'Build your bridges and tear down walls! '

For time has taught and so it seems,

Realities are born of DREAMS!

Whisper DREAMS and let them rise,

To the mountains old and wise.

 

Memory of Peace at Heart

Worn away by the hands of time

In days with memories so sublime

The rust upon ones heart to date

Hope of lonely nights to be not ones fate

The moon alone is deep at peace

From night to day the suns release

Witness to billions of wishes and tears

Cause of decease of so many fears

For the heart and soul a delicate flower

Hides the glorious unknowing power

Emotional healing for the being with praise

Embracing knowledge of truth in the haze

 

Let's Give Peace a Chance

Can peace be attained in a war-torn world

Or is his a dream never to be fulfilled

Could war be replaced as love unfolds

Is there a special secret yet to reveal

I say we must all give peace a chance

No matter what obstacles lie in the way

For even Christ when pierced by the lance

Could still forgive mankind anyway

We must all walk with our brother hand in hand

It does not matter though he be white, red or black

Be forever ready to solve conflicts when we can

Seek peace in the future, forgive and not look back

Ghandi taught love and peace and so did Martin Luther King

Wars still came since hearts refused to reflect and listen

And in the past another tried and they crucified him

So you must show love and give peace a chance to glisten

And whether you are Catholic, Protestant or Jew

Give peace a chance, over and over, again and again

Let God take reign in your heart, making all things new

Thereby making all races, colors and creeds your friend.

 

Let Us Live in Peace

Let us live in peace

Among ourselves

That is our natural instinct

Let us live in peace

Among ourselves

That is our only way forward

Let us live in peace

Among ourselves

That is how we will befriend freedom and justice

Or otherwise…

Heaven only knows

What will happen

To our beloved Congo

 

Lasting Peace

They laid creeping barrage down

in preparation for the push.

It was a pearler Mrs Brown

and turned the battleground to mush.

The effing noise was deafening

and then the silence even worse.

I saw the sergeant beckoning

my fervent prayer became a curse.

The first lieutenant leas us though

over the top into the mud

We had no choice we had to go

Though why I’ve never understood.

We couldn’t charge we had to trudge

There seemed to be no solid ground

the effing world was full of sludge

and if you fell you would be drowned.

We over ran a German trench

much like the one we left behind.

It had the same familiar stench

and like our own badly designed.

How I survived I do not know

But I got home still in one piece

I still feel guilty sometimes though

And seldom sleep the night in peace.

Remember then the fighting men,

The men like simple Sammy Brown.

Who lived to see his home again

unlike his mates who were mown down.

Though Sammy lived to ninety three

he never could forget the past.

He lies In Highgate cemetery

his epitaph reads Peace at last.

 

Justice, Peace and Love

For justice, truth and peace to flow

Love too has fruit to bear

United must become all four

And practiced everywhere

True justice cannot stand alone

It needs of truth and peace

When love becomes the corner stone

Sweet fruit will never cease

Let's drink The Truth as sweet old wine

Let love live not in vane

Mix justice now with peace divine

Allow harmony reign

For justice without love is nought

Peace without truth’s a lie

Until the world this fact is taught

Condemned she’s bound to die

To facts of life she must be wise

Her children need to see

Until they look with open eyes

Salvation cannot be

When truth and peace they understand

When love becomes her root

When justice lifts her outstretched hand

She’ll bear the sweetest fruit

Let candour be a constant guide

Integrity wear a crown

Impartiality reign in side

With love as wedding gown

Allow love’s wisdom steadfast rule

Truth’s knowledge change one’s heart

Let peace become our daily tool

Let justice play her part.

 

Joy and Peace and Love

Year's end is swiftly encroaching,

Leaving the present year behind,

The New Year is fast approaching,

The goals we sought, did we find?

Were we satisfied with mediocrity?

Did we strive for so much less?

Did we flaunt an air of superiority?

Did we make of ourselves a pitiable mess?

The time is coming for a new resolution

The New Year offers new promise and h ope

We plead with God for His absolution

And trust in His mercy to help us cope.

Starting afresh, let us begin the New Year

By recalling His Tenets and His Law

Remembering that He is always near

Ready to catch us if and when we fall.

Seas may rage and oceans may heave

And fall we shall ~ but do not always fear it

For Jesus told us that He will never leave

Through the Power of His Holy Spirit.

Spiritual things are seen and unseen

It is within the soul we come to know it;

In evaluating our walk we see where we've been

Growing in holiness ~ or ~ wallowing in sin

Forgiveness is needed without a doubt

And when it is given we want to shout

for and with

Joy and Peace and Love

All Blessings from God above!

Joy and Peace and Love!!

Joy and Peace and Love!!!

 

Is Peace by God the Whole Pictured Plan

Put one foot in front of thy other…

Helping of man to man should not be a bother fro' any other brother.

Brother of man…

Yes ye can.

Should shared assistance be the master plan? …

That's how life's rules should be planned as ran.

Why be alive and living in 'The Brotherhood Of Man'? …

If we cannot dole out peace in God's own land?

Why be a slave to terror of the heart? …

Why be a whore to war's own art?

Let's all help out our own fellow man…

Yes we can-That should be the whole master plan, all you old and young woman or man.

 

Inner Peace

So much has been written

About peace in the world,

Peace on earth, peace be with you,

Shalom.

Peace is more

Than the absence of war,

More than tolerance

More than acceptance.

There can never be peace

Between individuals or nations,

Until we are at peace with ourselves

That inner peace that passes understanding.

 

In Search of Peace

Peace will not come easy

If we skirt the need for care.

This essential space

Where we embrace

The other, if they're there.

If we don't look in the corners

Where dust has covered in

Every vestige of humility.

Where shall we begin?

This search for peace is ancient

So the sages seemed to say.

They too left home

And hearth, to roam

And find, without delay

This feeling all too absent

From the life of yesterday..

Peace itself though is not far

It's but a choice away.

A choice to feel or not to feel

This blissful trait, …Today.

This place where, deep and hidden

Lies contentment. That's the key.

We must find this to find our peace

Whatever else may be

Before, or now. The thing is how

To set our spirit free..

So will this sheer elation

Which comes with joi-de-vivre,

Reject the devastation

Which besets us, to deceive

With causing nothing helpful

In our quest to make belief

In Peace a goal. Oh yes

Our pursuit, this fine pursuit

Is for true happiness.

So, to find this 'sadness-antidote'

Let's begin, , for what it's worth.

Let's put Peace within our heart.

For as long as we're on earth.

 

In A world of Peace

In another constellation

live another you and I

happy to be with one another

so in love and so alive

perhaps they both have children

could it be their wars have ceased

or maybe they're not hungry

living in a world of peace

Look above and you will see them

they're not difficult to find

view your soul, and be them

test your heart and test your mind

we have so much life in common

a date with destiny to keep

it only takes a word well-spoken

and life on earth would live in peace.

 

1

A Spaniard Named Charlie

He played the euphonium in a highschool band

The instrument, the trombone he did reprimand

He found the tone quite annoying and nasal

Performing at football games was absolutely anal

He continually could not learn a formation

Leaving him speechless in total desolation

Was a beautiful Tenor, sang like James Nabors

But from the maidens he received no favors.

Hated the voice of Mr. John Lee Hooker

Maybe for a nun he was a fine good looker

Wasn’t too flabbergasted from Modern Jazz

Hated to be called by the nickname Chas

If you were a fan of Mr. Eric Burdon

You were suspicious of drinking hard bourbon

He was a prince from the house of Osborne

A fine trimmed vest was what to be worn.

This Spaniard was given the name Charlie

He avoided any drink made from barley

Never embraced the island of Reggae

The rhythms left his head in total disarray

The action of delinquents made him forlorn

Was a sensitive sissy since the day he was born

Screamed in frustration because of Bob Marley

And emptied the tires of Hell’s Angels’ Harleys

God bless him he was a rambunctious vigilante

Always stealing cookies from his mother’s pantry

He blew his lid over every cocky wise guy

Known to deliver a punch resulting in a black eye

Bottled up an anger and cooking with vengeance

Trying to correct all wrong with a grievous penance

Never could be caught with irresponsibility

Wasn’t very gifted with his style of inflexibility

High pressure was his key to testosterone

Exercising while slurping a melting icecream cone

Long lost his sense of cooperation and a collective

Never was there idleness or time to be reflective

Played Basketball because of his towering height

Slam dunking creating commotion and needless fright

Oh this Spaniard was a gentleman with suspenders

Pulling them up not resembling a doubtful pretender

Wanted to create fear with his boisterous nature

He proudly invented his own style of nomenclature

His entire manner would appear to be somewhat ludicrous

Especially if he felt all was senseless and absurdly superfluous

Subjective with no ability to see the way of others

Only his perceptive wouldn’t be stilled and smothered.

Pointing his fingers vehemently as what should disappear

Was terribly jealous of the vocal talents from a Gondolier

He was never truly cherished and given the love he needed

Hence he was became discontent and depression proceeded.

Soon he will be a directionless soul sadly lost and impaired.

Searching for acceptance; twisted and irreparably despaired.

2

Acting like a Chumsy Chimpanzee

Viewing unrested through the crowd insecurely

Hoping dearly he is loved and accepted surely

Cynically egoistic scorning his journalistic guests

Embarrassingly unhinged as he vehemently detests

alternatives to his mangled manner of thinking

while his janitor started his whiskey drinking.

Wearing a turban like good ’ol Sam the Sham

rubbing his crystal ball for the future scam.

Predicting there will be no horrid offenses

Ignoring the warnings of morbid consequences

We have the situation totally under control

Hiding the truth inside his mysterious pigeonhole

My comrade Chuck called for a national emergency

as the public was ready for a complete insurgency.

Joe wrote an Op Ed about the lack of sincerity

while the partisan party started up their disparity.

The trade advisor wrote that the lack of immunity

and testing would result in a lost opportunity.

Take for example the incredible resource and effort

of South Korea with stringency they held the fort.

The absence of concern was highly irresponsible

as the viral onslaught showed he was the implausible.

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