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For the Dream of Peace
by Thomas James Segel
Thursday, March 15, 2007
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ďFor the Dream of PeaceĒ
By: Thomas J. Segel


The sky so blue, the sea so green.
A more lovely sight is seldom seen.
The wind blows and carries my mind away.
To a distant land, and another day.

I see a village by the shore.
A thatch-roofed hut and an open door.
The nets are strung on a beam outside.
They are being sewn with strings of hide.

I can hear the pounding drum.
Calling in each and every one.
From their work and from their play.
For this was a special day.

The yield of the sea had been kind.
There was food for all to find.
And offered for a special feast.
To ride the wind, to tame the beast.

All who came did dance and eat.
Some sat down by the Masterís feet.
To listen to the words he spoke.
Within their hearts the silence broke.

I am here to reveal to you.
The causes of the things you do.
To plant within your heart a seed.
To fill even your deepest need.

To share the mystery of love.
To show you dreams from up above.
To lift your heart and make you whole.
To begin the stirring of your soul.

Be still and know the silence now.
A small still voice will tell you how.
To kindle the fire that dwells within.
Which is the place you must begin.

In silence your soul will speak.
Of the things that men do seek.
Softly spoken and seldom heard.
Comes the most enchanting word.

I am who you are.
Together we are a rising star.
To shine above for all to see.
To find who they must really be.

The journey of your soul must start.
In the essence of your heart.
For it is that precious seed.
That overpowers hate and greed.

To build anew compassionís fire.
To make love your heartís desire.
Let your heart direct your course.
Yielding to its tender force.

Standing naked at loveís door.
Cross the threshold with nothing more.
For only love may enter in.
Then from the heart flow out again.

Filled with joy and filled with pain.
The journey of your soul remains.
A mystery in your conscious mind.
Bound by space, locked in time.

In love is found the key.
To open up eternity.
For love cannot be bound.
Within it is the freedom found.
To lift your heart and make you high.
The answer to the question why.

And to love what would you give.
For it allows your soul to live.
Asking nothing in return.
Hoping every heart will learn.

Love needs nothing but itself to grow.
Once the heart is full, it overflows.
To spill out across the skies.
To open up the blinded eyes.
To remind the heart of man.
So that you may take a stand.

And do all that must be done.
For you are the only one.
Who can make the change today.
Within your heart youíll find the way.

Again he lifted high his voice.
And said that peace must be the choice.
Too long has war been on the land.
Too long has man been killing man.

What causes the killing need.
That comes from fear and comes from greed.
You have forgotten where you come from.
The journey back is hard for some.

To hear the calling of your soul.
To remember the things you know.
That have always been a part of you.

It is part of the job at hand.
To raise the consciousness of man.
To stop the war that wages within.
The only place you can begin.

When peace is found one heart at a time.
The nations will follow down the line.
For when you realize you are your brother.
You can no longer hurt one another.

Peace will come from the inside out.
Then no longer will you shout.
Filled with hurt and filled with pain.
For only peace will then remain.

In passing time, all wounds will heal.
And you will know then what is real.
Peace may shape the destiny of man.
Then once again rule the land.

But it is you who must choose.
Will humanity win or lose.
The changes must start today.
Within your heart youíll find the way.

The words I speak draw you near.
It is the truth you long to hear.
Truth is a gem among the coal.
It is the food that feeds the soul.

Forged again in passionís fire.
And becomes the soulís desire.
It is in truth that love can grow.
It is in truth that peace we know.

It is life and love you give.
When within the truth you live.
In truth awakening begins.
In truth the light may enter in.
May the light fill your soul.
May the higher calling be your goal.

By now many people had come.
Brought by the pounding of the drum.
To the Master they pressed near.
He climbed a hill so all could hear.

As he lifted up his hand.
A stillness fell upon the land.
You have all become my heart.
More words to you will I impart.

The deepness of the truth you feel.
Bears witness to what is real.
And what you know within your soul.
Shows forth in the brightness of your being.

When enlightened is the path you walk.
Joy is found in the way you talk.
What causes this enlightening.
From what does this joy now spring.
Again the trail will lead within.
To the place you must begin.

For only in silent thought.
Is the power of creation caught.
From there it is the light does flow.
And in your heart you will know.

The light is meant to share with all.
And any who will hear the call.
Knowing when the call is heard.
That you will receive the word.
The word is love, peace, truth, and joy.
Found in the heart of girl and boy.

As my gaze falls upon the sea.
I know this joy is meant to be.
Now others pay while I go free.
For the doors are open to me.

I behold the wonder of it all.
And listen to my spirit call.
In recent dreams and ancient time.
Live eternal thoughts sublime.

In the shadowed light I seek.
The meaning of the words I speak.
Found in the heart of all.
Indwelling in the trees so tall.

Heard in the muted breath.
Intertwined in life and death.
Reaching for the faded thing.
Listening to freedom ring
.
And sound aloud for all mankind.
Marking well for all who find.
That simple peace within your heart.
Again the place that you must start.

So, beloved, take the chance.
Join me in the sacred dance.
Rise and let your spirit fly.
Racing through the windswept sky.
That you may touch the silver strand.
Tied to us by Godís own hand.

As the sun sets upon the shore.
The knowledge of you heart will soar.
Awake again in mystic dreams.
The knowledge of eternal things.
Found at the point of peace within.
Again the place you must begin.

And the truth that you do find.
Must be shared with human kind.
We stand in the temple of the sun.
With no place for us to run.

We must be at peace in our home.
We will never be alone.
All creation reaches out.
It shows us without a doubt.

That we will never cease to be.
It is the same for you and me.
Eternal dreams are now.
In your heart you know how.

Though we stand on the line.
The wind blows the sand of time.
From here and now to evermore.
So together letís step through the door.

To make the world a better place.
At this point in time and space.
When you realize that we are one.
The people, the planet, and the setting sun.

Be then mindful of what you do.
For what touches one touches all of you.
To the Earth you must be kind.
Learning well from what you find.

In each treasure you behold.
Is a sacred story told.
Of awesome wonder, bold delight.
The precious gift, the clearest sight.
Is there for any who will see.
And in the knowing you will be.

Darkness settled on the land.
In the torch light he did stand.
The people hungered for his words.
And cherished the treasures heard.

Old and young, big and small.
Silence was upon them all.
The Master called a young one near.
Then said to all that would hear.

If you could look through this oneís eyes.
You would see the truth and hear the cries.
Of all of those yet to come.
You would do what must be done.

Your thoughts are of yesterday.
But tomorrowís child will lead the way.
And follow him you must.
If in love and peace you trust.

We stand upon common ground.
Together our lives are bound.
By the one within us all.
Hoping we will hear the call.

Whispered from that timeless place.
Found upon the childís face.
In the touch of a strangerís hand.
Compassion in a foreign land.

The song that causes the heart to sing.
The tenderness that love does bring.
Helping the helpless child.
The gentle spirit, meek and mild.

Let this moment fill your soul.
Listen to the things you know.
Take another by the hand.
Help someone to understand.
What has been given, give away.
Let us start a brand new day.

It is you I treasure in my heart.
What draws you here marks the start.
Of changes in your world today.
Within your heart youíll find the way.

The moon had risen in the sky.
The people stood with a watchful eye.
One said Master, tell us more.
How may we pass through the door?

With his words he firmly said.
From the darkness you were led.
Now for you the time has come.
To share the light with everyone.

Let your highest thought be love.
The kind that flows from up above.
Let your clearest word be spoken.
Healing hearts that have been broken.

Let every heart beat as one.
Under the temple of the sun.
Let everyone become his brother.
In the heart of God there is no other.

Let compassion fill your soul.
Teaching well from what you know.
Let peace be the path you walk.
Showing forth in how you talk.

Let your truth light the way.
Breaking darkness of the day.
Let everyone do his part.
To heal our planet from the heart.

Let everyone hear the voice within.
Which will direct you home again.
It was now the second day of the feast.
Of riding the wind, of taming the beast.

The people watched for the Master to come.
While they danced to the sound of the drum.
He was the treasure of their land.
For he helped them to understand.

Though alone, he was never apart.
For he was held dearly in each oneís heart.
He arrived on the fourth hour of the day.
All of the people made clear his way.

For him was made a special seat.
Built with love to the flow of the beat.
In their midst he sat above them all.
With outstretched arms, let his spirit call.
To any there that would hear.
So he could once again draw them near.

As silence fell upon that place.
He began to speak with heavenly grace.
My eyes have seen the love you hold.
From my heart another story told.

In dreams of this boundless sea.
Timeless visions come to me.
We are but a vapor in the wind.
But our soul continues without end.

So that when a life falls away.
It is to begin a brand new day.
The sorrow belongs to those left behind.
The departed enters a joy hard to find.
So let your sorrow be brief.
May you feel joy and not grief.

The love that has passed between is forever.
Deep within your heart you will never.
Have to say good-bye, but farewell.
In another place, another time.
Locked inside an ancient rhyme.
You shall see each other again.
It is only the soul that knows when.

I feel the Earth breathe with the surge of the sea.
I am filled with the power it gives to me.
I once again dwell in that timeless place.
I feel the love of the gentle race.
That lives within every heart.
Again the place that you must start.

The message I give is clear.
He who has ears, let him hear.
He who has eyes, let him see.
The wondrous glory meant to be.

Thus were the words he spoke at the feast.
It was he who rode the wind and tamed the beast.
For all who heard let their spirits fly.
On mystic winds of eternal sky.
Within each heart the beast was tamed.
So no one would ever be the blame.

And so it is that this story is told.
To any who will hear and take hold.
Of the truth contained within.
Again the place you must begin.

Thomas James Segel
HC2 Box 12-1
Gainesville, Mo. 65655
417-679-4263 phone#



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Reviewed by Barbara Smith
Thomas, this is truly a nice well written poem...I truly enjoyed every line!
Reviewed by alejapoet@aol.com Bennett
This is so wonderfully written and it was a very pleasurable read. Thanks for sharing this with me on the Den.
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