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    ICE SCULPTURE EAGLE DRIPS

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  • A congressional luncheon..
    of a politician on the military spending
    committee..
    as time goes on.. the ice sculpture eagle
    begins to drip from the beak..
    as ice becomes water
    .. the frozen becomes flexible
    .. a spear point.. becomes peace
    .. 1 function becomes the power of all function

    What moves mountains of
    ice? Faith in the Sun.
    **
    (to Les Aspin)

    PEACEFUL MASTER

    In the holiest of climes
    where the vines to heaven climb
    the sweetest fall of rain
    becomes sour juice of lime.
    And the rainfall mercy clement
    becomes the sour juice of lemon.
    So did the words of peaceful
    Master
    become the force of
    warmonger pastors..
    Soon they too will be aligned
    by the God of the astras
    .. the God of the asters.

    (to John Clemente, a peaceliving
    man)

    3 SHIMMERING RAINBARRELS

    The storm was full of
    menacing dark clouds..
    hard cold rain..
    treecleaving lightning
    ..now it is over
    and in the twilight
    3 rainbarrels brimful
    of rain..
    shimmer in the poststorm
    peace reflecting stars...
    Atop them a mesh
    the insects
    and country mice
    to protect

    (at one of many places S Berg
    has made beautiful)

    WOODROW WILSON

    Who killed Woodrow Wilson?

    His own heart after seeing
    hundreds of thousands
    of crosses in France, marking the
    unncessary deaths of farmers' sons
    and widows' boys...
    caught between the imperialist colonizing
    banksters of England and Germany.

    BLUE CHALK CROSSES

    A vision of blue chalk crosses
    such as at Arlington Cemetery..
    scrawled on a blackboard..

    they can still be erased..

    peace begins with you
    peace begins with me
    peace in thought word
    and deed
    in prayers
    by hearts freed..
    peace at the end of our forks
    peace at the end of our tongues

    OLD MEN

    The old man running out of his
    burning hut, set on fire
    by napalm
    in Vietnam..
    Another old man was not as lucky,
    bulldozed and buried alive
    in his home
    by the tanks of the occupiers.
    A third, the father equivalent
    of the Pieta, silently
    wept as his son's coffin
    came home, disgorged from
    the plane's metal belly.
    Countless others
    were incinerated by
    incendiary
    firebombs dropped on
    Tokyo's rice paper
    homes.

    WHEN NONE COOPERATES IN WAGING WAR

    If no one moves the bombs, if no one flies the planes,
    If no one pilots the boats, drives the trucks or buses,
    if no one goes as a sheep to slaughter,
    there can be no war.

    PRAYER FLAGS SPRINGING FORTH

    In the high plateaus
    Tibetan prayer flags unfurl
    bursting blooms
    of petaled swirl

    In the unwalled
    meadow churches
    courageous
    Jack In The Pulpits
    speak peace
    to the grasses.

    The whispering
    winds of Iran
    Pakistan
    Afghanistan
    call all to prayer
    and dance minuets
    with flowers' tiny minarets

    From winter's hidden recesses
    spring now unrolls
    greenleafed pacific
    Isaiah's scrolls

    And the Jasmine spreads
    her holy scents
    where sun oer Hindu
    lands ascends

    PEACEWARD

    Turn us from paths warward
    to the peaceward
    .. from war words
    to peace words
    from the past
    to the forward

    GETTYSBURG GRANITE TEAR

    In Gettysburg, a statue
    to Abraham Lincoln..
    in his right eye,
    a granite tear has
    formed..like a pearl
    within an oyster..

    it would be many a year
    before the soul which
    was Lincoln forgave
    himself for the hangings,

    the numberless dead,

    the impaled horses,

    the mistakes which

    have lasted 150 years.

    OLIVE BRANCH

    For some the laurel
    leaves of glory
    .. For others
    beheaded blooms
    of romance
    .. as for us
    the olive branch
    which when
    attached to
    mother trees
    brings lasting
    offerings of peace

    RED AND WHITE ROSE

    The Yorks and Lancasters..
    .. one wore a rose of red
    the other.. white rose

    Now in their gardens
    side by side
    the red and
    the white rose grow.

    SWEET PEA POLITICS

    Dear sweet peas
    teach us how you
    greengrow peace...
    not worrying if crows
    say...that the foe
    you appease

    ADVENT OF THE LIGHT

    Time passes..
    the dark night's
    impenetrable
    might
    is severed by
    morning
    swords of light
    Evil's unity
    is broken.
    Melting now
    are the shells of malice
    and the shards of night
    *
    (Course In Miracles: Fear is like a lowlying dense impenetrable
    thundercloud. You enter it and find it cannot hold the fall of a
    button (paraphrased))

    AFRICAN HEARTS POLISH HORSES

    O Abba
    to You we give thanks
    that in time
    Polish horses
    defeat Nazi tanks

    that in time
    defenseless African
    hearts beating as one
    conquer
    the machine guns
    of Cecil Rhodes

    that
    Seminoles & Shawnee
    Shiawassee and Cherokee
    who died protecting
    their homes their trees
    win now over
    woods raping
    bulldozers backed
    by rifles...

    that unprotected
    women
    rising as one
    defeat the belts
    and boots
    of programmed men

    that the pen of Rumi
    is mightier than
    the 'daisycutters'
    bombs..

    that the music of
    the life of Cesar Chavez
    reached beyond the
    money of plutocrats
    directly into America's
    soul

    and that the cries
    of billions of animals
    begin to echo
    in heartcaves
    .. their resonance
    brings down the pillars
    of the past

    CANNON FODDER NO MORE

    Cannon Fodder..
    the poor.. the uneducated
    .. become the peons
    and pawns
    of schemes which
    servants of the rich spawn
    God protect them
    as they huddle in fox
    holes in the cold
    to preserve the bullion
    of billionaires

    DEAD ARE CIVILIANS

    Dead are civilians
    bombed in the millions..

    while war profiteers

    make their billions

    shedding innocent

    blood of hues vermilion.
    Dismantle the altars of
    greed violence and ego
    on which these darkpath
    magicians would
    have sacrificed young men
    and women

    Perhaps Abraham failed
    the test in putting
    Isaac on the altar.

    INFIDELS

    Some Muslims think
    everyone else is an infidel.
    Some Christians think
    everyone else is going to hell.
    Some Jews think
    your name must be Rosen
    to be with the chosen.
    Some Buddhists think
    it's ok to kill.
    Some Brahmins think
    everyone else is untouchable.
    Some Adventists think no
    one else is among the 'elect'.
    Some atheists think no
    theists are among the select

    As the zenith sun is
    visible from all windows
    so does God illuminate
    every path to God.
    Everyone arrives.
    All paths are holy.

    HOW MAURY DROPPED THE A

    This department store executive
    handed out thousands of dollars
    of cigarettes .. in mental
    hospital wards.. because he
    hated forced change..

    He adopted 12 people to love
    unconditionally.. to be present
    for at all times.. he said
    he knew this was impossible
    .. but that it could be no more
    than 12..

    He became a vegetarian in
    a desire to reduce the
    suffering he caused,

    and decided one day to
    figure the mathematical
    probability that with
    tens of thousands of fingers
    on the nuclear button no nuclear
    device had been detonated..
    He decided then that
    the probability was so infinitesimal
    that a higher power of Infinity must
    be preventing the detonating..
    since no nation since the US
    in 1945 had
    dropped the big A..

    and he dropped the A from
    atheist.

    (about Maury Reishtein, a
    holy man)

    CAPTIVE LOVE

    In every seed
    is a bottled message
    waiting to be freed.
    In every heart
    is captive love
    waiting to be freed.

    MIDWEST GOVERNOR

    He supported sending poor
    boys off to war
    and the killing of mourning
    doves.. and of bears
    He revved up the volts
    of electric chair
    .. and then garnered the votes
    of the prolife stars.

    One day he was struck by
    a light from afar..
    .. with love for
    the imprisoned,
    the
    soldier sons of the poor
    and doves and bears

    and now deserves
    the votes
    of the prolife stars.

    PHYSICS NOT MIRACLE

    When A highly charged aura spherical
    which transmutes all to spiritual
    has weapons thrown against it..
    they boomerang upon the sender

    This is physics, not miracle.

    By their own
    ultraviolet
    are protected, the nonviolent.

    OLIVE BRANCHED DOVE OVER EAGLE

    They chose the Dove
    with her olive branched beak,
    hope made tangible,
    rather than the eagle's arrow-
    holding claws,
    the mistletoe
    of love
    over limelight's
    laurel leaves,
    the
    apple seeds of
    free food,
    the pine cones of
    beauty
    the acorns of
    reforesting oaks
    over the asphalt
    of the control
    of Mother Earth.

    FDR'S WAR MEMORIAL

    FDR's war memorial,
    the ship named Arizona,
    metal grave
    of the 900 men drowned
    in the bombing
    in Pearl Harbor.

    (Only God can judge.. There are
    many reports and books, one by Gore Vidal, that the FDR
    administration had broken the Japanese
    code, and that to mobilize the American people to a war
    they did not want, FDR did not warn the sailors of Pearl
    Harbor. He had previously attempted to provoke the Japanese
    to attack in a variety of ways, such as cutting off their

    oil supply in Asia.)

    DIVINE LOVE'S CANONS

    Divine Love's canons
    are silencing the cannons

    REMORSE

    Most of his peers
    in the Senate
    had remorse
    that they had not
    voted for Vietnam peace
    with Wayne Morse.
    Perhaps God will
    the world Re Morse

    GREENING

    Left his body
    has Senator Gruening
    but in his footprints
    the world keeps greening.

    (Morse and Gruening are the 2 senators who voted
    against the Tonkin Gulf Resolution)
    (to the disembodied Inspector Morse,
    John Thaw)

    WORK FOR PEACE IS AN OXYMORON

    Is there
    a frame for Infinity.
    Never slakes the thirst
    .. the bitter
    saltwater near mother earth.
    .. never satiated is the
    belly of many tongued Fire
    .. Never filled the soul
    afflicted with unGodward desire.
    Never at rest.. the
    mercurial mind.

    Only the heart immersed
    in the waters of God
    is at peace.

    (to Yogananda and his followers)

    CROPDUSTERS ARE ECOTERRORISTS

    "Ecoterrorists" is what
    euphemism busters
    might from now on
    call 'cropdusters'.
    And those who drop
    bombs on civilians
    from the air..
    are they not
    polycidal bombers,
    terrorists
    aerial
    whether their names
    are Norman
    or Ariel?
    May all Uriahs be
    protected from now
    on.. by
    archangel Uriel

    TOLSTOY'S CHILDREN

    As he saw among his
    words' resisters
    .. a wife a chld
    perhaps a sister..
    he did not know at
    the time
    more children were
    in distant climes..
    Mahatma Gandhi
    and Martin Luther King
    Dorothy Day
    with more every day

    JESUS PETER ISAIAH AND GOD

    Jesus told stoners to put down their stones
    Jesus told Peter to put down his sword.
    Turn them to plowshares.. were Isaiah's words.
    Thou Shalt Not Kill.. to Moses told Lord

    PLATTSBURGH MIRACLE

    1970, the Fifth of May
    One day after
    the Kent State Four.
    The Plattsburgh students
    decide to act
    right
    from their very heartcores.
    They say that in league
    with those at Kent State
    They will march to
    the SAC Air Force gate..
    to witness that they
    want peace evermore.
    The SAC commander now decrees
    that any who touch
    the Air Force gate
    will be summarily shot..
    that their fate.
    And as the students file by
    what a miracle is in store.
    Out of base homes come
    the Air Force wives.
    Holding their babes
    they offer their lives
    and stand between
    the young and the armed
    and by their courage
    is peace reborn.

    (to Robert Lance, psychologist,
    healer and at the time faculty
    member of the school. He could
    never repeat the story without
    tears brimming in his eyes.)

    BLOSSOM MARTIAL

    At Blossom Center,
    they will be playing martial
    music..
    as if one were
    to arm blooms.

    HIGHER FIRE

    He was not drafted to warships
    but summoned to worship..
    not to soldiers' gassing
    by 'friendly fire'
    or corporate hire and fire
    but called to the
    Higher Fire

    For His God whispered to him:
    I have said you cannot have
    2 masters. Pledge
    allegiance only to My Voice..
    I have not asterisked with
    exceptions My command
    not to kill.
    I told Peter to put down his
    courageous
    sword and the executing
    mob to put down
    their stones.
    I have told you to transmute
    anger into love.. that
    is the meaning of "Turn
    the other cheek".
    You are the Ocean of Spirit
    which all rivers hallows..
    no matter how polluted
    .. no matter how shallow.

    THREE THOUSAND MILES

    The Peace Pilgrim..
    and Dick Gregory
    and Doris Haddock
    have walked and run
    across America
    ..with each foot
    step.. on the shuttling
    loom of America
    weaving peace.

    IVY LEAGUE

    Hidden in buildings
    behind the quad
    lurk vivisectors
    .. and spy squads

    and yet in peace

    the ivy vies not

    as it grows

    DOVES AND FLAGS

    Four doves riding
    on the wings of true
    eagles.. flew down
    and picked up in
    their beaks the American
    flag out of the mud
    and out of the blood
    and took it to
    the shrines of peace.

    PEACEMAKER

    If 5% of Muslims
    think all Christians infidels
    and 5% of Christians
    think all Muslims go to hell
    .. are there 90% in between
    .. peacemakers..
    non ideologues?

    PEACE OFFICER

    As you walk with
    a tear gas cannister,
    a stun gun, handcuffs,
    a club, a gun, bullets
    .. do you convey
    that you are an
    officer of peace?

    (inspired by the following drawing)
    http://www.drawingresistance.org/new_page_20.htm

    HOLY GROUND

    Moses took off his sandals
    and put down his rod
    as he tred on
    the sacred sod:
    the Burning Bush
    of God

    The Poor Clares became discalced..
    to follow the Poverty
    path of their founder..

    Ramakrishna went oer the sod
    with feet unshod
    because he did not want
    to harm the goldenrod.

    Barefoot Buddhist monks
    sweep forest paths
    with feather brooms..
    that they disturb..
    no bug or bloom.

    The brilliant boy
    with the headache found
    when he removed his socks
    Mother Earth had healed him
    by absorbing
    his excess energy

    Now have the
    metal tank shoes
    been removed
    from the sacred ground of Bethlehem.

    It is time for all outsiders
    to remove metal tank shoes
    from the sacred soil of
    Afghanistan
    and everywhere else.

    MOSS SKIN

    The roots of the tree
    are at the surface..
    hands covered with
    green moss skin..
    like spring reaching out
    tentatively with tendrils
    of peace

    GOING HOME

    15 soldiers on the Chinook
    helicopter thought they
    were going home
    and found of a sudden
    that
    they were going
    Home

    (as they left their bodies
    for God evicted by a shoulder fired
    missile given by the CIA in the 1980's

    to the Taliban.. deceptively called

    Mujahideen)

    CALIGULA

    Caligula sent the army
    to the shore
    to collect
    seashells by the score.

    Cartel bosses sent the US Army
    beyond its shores to collect
    oil for BP, Chevron

    Canadian companies and Shell.

    FRUIT OF WAR 2

    Babies armless, legless come to the
    orphanage.. their mothers and
    fathers
    bombed...

    NOTE OF THRUSH

    In the forest so plush
    In the forest so lush
    near the cataract's gush
    near the waterfalls' rush
    where none are frightened
    by hunters' ambush..
    and squirrels never
    each otherr push
    ...in the deepening quiet
    .. in the gathering hush
    .. by the birded bush
    near the sacred ground
    of the Burning Bush
    comes the trill of the thrush
    and peace encircling
    does everyone brush

    CRIMSON DROPS

    It is ordained that
    young red rose petals
    fall..
    in summer and in the fall
    but it is not ordained
    that crimson blood drop
    from the bodies of soldiers

    ONE NOTE

    The icicle was melting
    and its drip drip drip
    sounded with one note
    only.. like the
    mantra of peace
    not of songs of the whippoorwill
    but of the woodpecker's will

    POOL PEACE

    A pool is a piece
    of far distant seas
    A pool is the peace
    of far distant seas.

    MANY FLAGGED PEACE

    the meadow's diverse blooms ...
    the flags of the small unweaponed
    nations in the UN
    prayer's candleflags lit before
    the sanctuary

    BLUEBIRDS AND BLUEBELLS

    Bluebirds and bluebells
    are not listed as casus belli

    UPSIDE DOWN EXCLAMATION

    Over the obelisk of the
    Washington Monument,
    a star of peace..
    the two together:
    an upside down exclamation point !
    .. the surrender of ego,
    a perception from different
    angles.. catalysts
    to the end of war

    PENTAGONY

    "The Pentagon has 5 faces..
    but Pentagony has 100 million ... paraplegics.. widows..
    orphans....children footless from land mines..
    vets dying of depleted uranium cancer.. the blinded.. the deaf..
    bloated war profiteers inside fancy restaurants while the hungry are outside..
    bulldozed cardbox villages for the homeless... green trees bombed
    into grey ash... primates in despair in military labs...

    DEER ARE NOT VENISON

    Those who glory in war
    as did Alfred Tennyson
    more often have
    been deerslayers
    who turned beings into venison

    THE MOWER OF WAR

    As the mower untimely cuts
    down the flowers
    .. with their multicolored
    unfurled flags of all nations
    so do the tanks and bombs
    cut down
    the beauty and lives of the young.

    FOILED BY SHRIEKS OF GULLS

    When ocean waves are asterisked by the shrieks of gulls

    or the forest by the drill of a woodpecker...

    there is peace...

    but not when
    the screams of the slaughterhouse

    are turning animals into gel

    nor when
    Dawn's silent pastels
    are foiled by... exploding shells from hell

    NINE NATIONS KNEEL TO GOD

    The bullies of nuclear nonproliferation say
    nine nations can have their nukes.. but none else.
    Let them disarm now.

    Connect THE Right AND Left
    Brain.. THE Mind AND THE Heart

    DISCONNECT

    the
    general shed tears
    when the fabric of the
    flag was
    set aflame
    but not when thousands
    were by bombs
    set afire

    DADDIES

    Countless Iraqi Mommies and Daddies
    have been killed as
    F16's and cluster bombs
    bombed Baghdaddies

    UNABOMBER AND POLYBOMBER

    Ted Kaczynski is called a Unabomber.
    Everyone who votes for war money
    or writes briefs for war
    is a polybomber.

    Some Muslims and some undercover
    Jews, some Christians
    are suicide bombers
    Every pilot who drops
    bombs is a homicide bomber.

    SHANTISH

    In the world's most sacred language, Sanskrit, the word for peace is Shanti.
    When shanti is repeated over and over it becomes Shantish or Shantishwar,
    Divinity whose form is peace. To repeat shanti is to summon God as Peace.

    FLAG SHROUDS

    Those coffin shroud flags
    .. how many given to
    shattered widows and mothers
    children sisters and brothers
    before the ears can hear?

    ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION

    "On behalf of a grateful
    nation we present this
    flag to you", shroud on
    the coffin of your baby boy
    ... wrapping for a box
    of broken dreams

    but while you grieve
    at his grave
    over you his soul
    into the land of love streams

    ABHIMANYU

    Abhimanyu, Qusay and Uday,
    Absalom..
    beloved sons die
    .. tearing out hearts
    .. it is time for Salem, Shalom

    GARDENS BUCKYMYRNAL

    war profiteers
    bombed fruited fields
    into mud infernal
    and slew on hatred's
    altars
    babes and privates
    elders and colonels
    but looming time. with
    lime looms
    vernal
    knit triple shifts
    nocturnal and diurnal
    has with free gifts
    shown way eternal:
    apples nuts grapes
    and gold corn kernels
    *

    PEACE IN THE AIR

    butterflies and bees
    as they alight
    from winged flight
    do not oer blooming
    feasts of delight
    push or pull or fight

    UNBLOODY MARBLE

    The white marble statues
    of conquering generals
    .. do not contain the blood
    of innocents

    ONE GREEN CANDLE AT A TIME

    He found himself in Vietnam
    ... and saw the
    devastation to the palms
    done by the bomb and
    by napalm
    and came back to his home
    state
    .. and coordinated the planting
    of over 1 million trees,
    lighting the world, 1 green
    candle at a time

    (to D Kidd)

    WHERE EAGLES GATHER

    Where eagles gather
    they're often fighting
    over cadavers.

    Theirs has not yet
    been the way of peace.***

    NIIGATA OVERCAST

    He was alive
    because on that day
    in Niigata
    the skies were gray
    **

    (Because of the overcast,
    Hiroshima replaced Niigata
    as the target for the 1st
    atom bomb dropped on a civilian
    population)

    RUSSIAN SHRINE

    One walks into the
    shrine of the Russian
    World War II
    war memorial..

    erected for the
    27 million war dead

    It is humbling

    One kneels
    to the sea of sacrifice
    of the Russian people

    One kneels
    to the hearts
    of the Russian people
    beating as one

    TERRIBLE DEATH

    Hitler's officers*
    on meat hooks were hanging
    Hitler's generals
    by piano wire were strangling
    We pray for those
    whose spirits
    left behind
    bodies dangling

    (*those who believed

    it would prevent great

    suffering to kill him)

    VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL

    Carved in the marble charcoal grey
    of the Vietnam War Memorial..
    we saw that day
    the names of 58,000 Americans
    known to have died..

    Their names are supported
    by the uncarved marble
    of the 4 million Vietnamese
    who died.

    Lightning flashes are reflected

    in the marble..

    reminding of the lightning of gunfire

    once terrible

    CARPE DIEM

    Carpe Diem
    they said
    as they carpe'd Diem

    (Diem of Vietnam, murdered
    in a coup).

    CAESAR'S SEIZURES

    The boundaries of political
    worlds used to be
    determined by
    angry seizures
    of would be Caesars

    DRYING IN THE SUN

    61 died that day
    in the 1st infantry..
    in Vietnam

    2? rows of body bags..
    the fruit of war
    drying in the sun

    THEIR LIGHT IGNITES

    It is their light
    which our hearts ignites
    .. and not the might
    which bombs ignite.

    The victories won by
    military might
    sometimes do not
    last the night.

    As violence begets
    violence,
    violets beget violets
    and
    nonviolence begets
    nonviolence

    (to Jesus Buddha Ananda Mayee Ma Martin Luther King Susan B Anthony Sadako Kim
    Phuc)

    INABILITY TO DELEGATE

    You have an inability
    to delegate
    said the general
    to the major
    .. the general
    who abstracted
    the lower ranks
    of his men
    into extinction

    CHICKENHAWK CHEERLEADER

    Cheerleader chickenhawk of the
    charnelhouses of War
    .. flails Afghan skullcymbals
    .. and his diverting pom poms..
    taking the attention of the public
    from the war profiteer stadium owners

    Several times he has been invited
    onto the field and declined

    His meat and armaments
    and lumber and mining and oil
    and other paymasters lurk in
    the alleys behind the fan stands

    He sings songs to send others'
    children to the slaughter
    .. the children of the poor
    to the blood altars
    but safe are
    his own sons and daughters

    while presidential preaching pastor
    who has forgotten the words of the
    Peaceful Master
    gripping missiles in his pastor fists
    a blasphemy against the Great Pacifist
    mouths prayers for the success
    of bloodshed.. as tanks
    pollute Bethlehem and Palestine

    cheerleader did enter a field of battle
    himself.. against unarmed pheasants
    in a woods.. birds who could
    not shoot back.

    DOVER

    When distant chimes
    rang fast
    and peeled
    it was of joy they told
    When distant bells
    rang slow
    it was a story of grief
    they tolled

    LIGHT OF GOD SHINES FROM ALL EYES

    The light of God shines out of all eyes..
    the eyes of every
    human, animal, bird, fish, insect..
    even the eyes of serial killers and unelected warwagers

    HIT MAN OR BIG GAME HUNTER

    Why does a hit man kill?
    For money
    Why does a biggame hunter kill?
    For pleasure.
    Why does a barroom brawler kill?
    In rage
    Why do some generals kill?
    For power
    Why do some spouses kill?
    Out of jealousy
    Why do fundamentalist Christians
    Muslims Jews Buddhists Hindus kill?
    Out of hatred or ignorance.
    God by all names called, You who indwell all,
    send grace to all.

    GETTYSBURG

    The Address at Gettysburg
    .. was stonecarved
    by gore
    ... horses so brutally
    gored.. McClellan
    could not harm them..
    to win the war...
    .. the lifeblood
    of disemboweled teenagers..
    .. legs cut off without
    anesthesia..
    .. blinded eyes..
    widows.. fatherless children
    ... burned orchards..
    eaten dogs.. pets commandeered
    and butchered..
    the people pooer and poorer
    .. war profiteers richer and
    richer

    and more..
    and more
    and more

    (to Gore Vidal and Al Gore, workers for peace)

    ARCH

    An archer is very different from the peaceful rainbow arch.
    Armed marchers are very different from the daffodils of March.

    Footnote:
    Ben Franklin did not want a carnivore
    as the national bird. He ate no meat
    til later in life when he wrote of Paris
    that venison and venery had defeated. him.
    He wanted the turkey as a national bird.
    Since then those innocents have been
    butchered in the billions.

    The Jesus poem was inspired by a conversation with Winnie D and Hope

    James Earl Ritchey told writer of the firebombs. Jewish peace activists: Barbra
    Streisand Jerry Springer Rob Reiner Norman Finkelstein
    Deceased Jewish peace activists: Jesus Christ, Albert Einstein Yehudi Menuhin

    Footnote to Polish Horses, African Hearts: Cecil Rhodes' imperialist
    racism was continued by Winston Churchill.
    Rhodes' diamond empire DeBeers once controlled 95% of the world's
    diamond market... a market built on the suffocation deaths of mine
    workers, their brutal exploitation, a monopoly of supply control, the
    use of force to wrest mineral rights (mineral rights still granted to
    capitalist billionaires through e.g. a 19th Cent. American law giving
    the rich mineral rights at $5 an acre).. Countless tens of thousands
    died in a Boer War started by Rhodes. Even today a Rhodes Scholarship
    goes to those expected to continue capitalist empire. The United
    Nations still reflects the naked racist force of the past, as 4 white
    nations and 1 Asian nation (no African.. no Arab, no Hispanic... 1.2 billion Indians

    excluded while 60 million French and 60 million British have veto power) quash
    the will of billions of people.

    Footnote to FDR's War Memorial: It is said that FDR was forewarned of
    the attack on Pearl Harbor, but felt the populace would support the
    war only after an atrocity.

    Kim Phuc's message to us all is 'first do no harm' Kim Phuc, the
    little Vietnamese girl whose clothes were burned off her body by
    napalm when she was 9 years old, ran until pain and thirst stopped
    her. When she stopped a kind American soldier poured water on her
    burns, but the steam only cooked them further. In the pain, she lost
    consciousness. She had 14 months in the hospital and 17 operations,
    with burns over 35% of her body. To listen to her is to know that the

    Vietnamese are among the world's most forgiving people.

        
    Index for Peace Poems above

    Abhimanyu
    Advent of the Light
    African Hearts, Polish Horses
    Arch
    Blossom Martial
    Blue Chalk Crosses
    Bluebirds and Bluebells
    (casus belli)
    Caesar's Seizures
    Caligula
    Cannon Fodder No More
    Captive Love
    Carpe Diem
    Chickenhawk Cheerleader
    Crimson Drops
    Cropdusters Are Ecoterrorists
    Daddies (and Baghdaddies)
    Dead Are Civilians
    Deer Are Not Venison
    Disconnect
    Divine Love's Cannons (cannons)
    Doves and Flags
    Drying In The Sun
    FDR's War Memorial
    Flag Shrouds
    Foiled By Gull Shrieks
    Fruit Of War 2
    Gardens Buckymyrnal
    Gettysburg Granite Tear
    Gettysburg Regrets
    Going Home (killed by missile)
    Greening (Gruening)
    Higher Fire
    Hit Man And Hunter
    Holy Ground
    How Maury Dropped the A
    Ice Sculpture Eagle Drips
    Inability to Delegate
    Infidels
    Ivy League
    Jesus Peter Isaiah
    Light Of God Shines In All Eyes
    Many Flagged Peace
    Midwest Governor
    Moss Skin
    Mower Of War
    Niigata Overcast
    Nine Nations Kneel
    Note Of Thrus
    Old Men
    Olive Branch 1
    Olive Branch 2
    On Behalf Of A Grateful Nation
    One Green Candle At A Time
    One Note
    Peace In The Air
    Peace Officer
    Peaceful Master
    Peacemaker
    Peaceward
    Pentagony
    Physics Not Miracle
    Plattsburgh Miracle
    Pool Peace
    Prayer Flags Spring Forth
    Red and White Rose
    Remorse
    Russian Shrine
    Shantish
    Sweet Pea Politics
    Terrible Death
    Their Light Ignites
    Three Shimmering Rainbarrels
    Three Thousand Miles
    Tolstoy's Chidlren
    Unabomber and Polybomber
    Unbloodied Marble
    Upside Down Exclamation
    Vietnam War memorial
    When None cooperate To Wage War
    Where eagles gather (cadavers)
    Woodrow Wilson
    Work For Peace an Oxymoron

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