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Such is Peace
by Helga Ross
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Who knows, has known Peace? Sometime(s)? Ever? Never? What makes it so?

Illustration: "Face - Dove" by Pablo Picasso


What is Peace? Is it a pause between wars?
An abnormal existential state?
A distant goal we seek, once we’ve settled scores?
Grace periods the powerful negate?

Peace is a state of mind—and a virtue,
and soaks in nature's calm like the sunshine’s;
and knows a bad peace, a good war’s never true ;
and accepts the suffering fate assigns.

Peace dwells in the soul, not in outward things;
isn't found; looks for you ready, instead;
and is the only battle worth waging;
one that begins when the hungry are fed.

Peace demands the most heroic labour:
Living God’s command to love thy neighbour.

© Helga Ross 2003, 2007


Acknowledgments:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza
Fénelon, François de Salignac de la Mothe
John Muir
Benjamin Franklin
Albert Camus
Anonymous
Thomas Merton
 

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 11/19/2003
"Sonnet: Such is Peace (Revised)", - total feeling of rich emotions poemizing the acts of life.

This poetical work is filled with profound contents, a combination of knowledge and experience depicting the reality of peace within the realms of Humankind, leaving its message for Justice and social sanity.

It was poetized with words dictated by the soul to this artist of the verb,
that listened to the sounds of Grace and Justice.

Thank You.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 11/19/2003
I'm always happy to see someone trying a sonnet. I'm afraid you are right about peace being an interlude between wars, however.
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