Tag Archive | peace

Wishes for 2017

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Fighting for good cheer.
Returning to warmth, friends, home.
Setting voices free.

Making sense without despair:
choosing with hope.  And singing.

Tanka using words, once again, from both Colleen’s tanka challenge and the Secret Keeper.

I used this old collage for my holiday cards this year.  Wishing, as always, for peace.

Here’s hoping we all find our wings in 2017.  Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement.  Enjoy your holidays and see you in the New Year!

International Day of Peace

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Yoko Ono placed an ad in the front section of the NY Times on October 9, 2014, John Lennon’s birthday.  He would have been 74.

It’s International Day of Peace, so I thought this headline haiku from two years ago would be worth revisiting.

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John Lennon’s words seem a perfect fit for Planet Earth, and I collaged the world around them.

the earth is calling–
a tattered net unweaving
life into the void

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My original haiku (inspired by the surrealists) was cut from headlines in the newspaper section; the new one was composed this morning as I looked at the image and thought about its message again.

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“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.”
–Yoko Ono

So…give peace a chance, world leaders.

Nina is still not ready to get back to art,  so we’re taking a blog break.  Don’t worry, we will return.

Hope/#PoetsForPeace

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“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
–Lady Bird Johnson

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“If you could
have three wishes, what?”
Number one–
always “peace.”
I’ve been repeating that word
since I was a child.

What is peace?
Easy to say what
it is not–
not guns, not
bombs, not hate or violence.
Not this destruction.

There are seeds
but they need sunlight–
fertile soil
to nourish
growth, to send roots; open space
to reach for the sky.

This is not
complicated.  This
happens if
we let it–
the Earth can teach us if we
can’t find our way home.

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Despite the way we mistreat it, the Earth still shares with us its bounty.  As it does each summer, the Rose of Sharon tree is blooming, surrounded by concrete and the sorrows of our world.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Hope” #WQWWC

Join in with your poem here.

Still

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A year ago I posted this mandala, a continuing hope for peace and healing.

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It marked 70 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Death continues to walk beside and between us.

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no meaning no sense
words are lost   is there a way
to stop this bleeding

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This is our cry.
This is our prayer.
Peace in the world.

–inscription on the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima
http://www.nippon.com/en/images/k00009/

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Still.

Headline Haiku: A Wish For the World

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Can you imagine?
A New Year, the earth reborn:
peaceful, hopeful, free.

Hopeful headline by John and Yoko (imaginepeace.com) from the Sunday New York Times.

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Haiku channeling John Lennon’s words.
Embroidered flower of life mandala by me.

Inspired by my old card

I know it looks like a UNICEF card and has been done many times before. Another office goof off drawing and another quote. 

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power the world will know peace.” M. Gandhi. 

70 Years

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We can turn around
Peace can still be found
It starts in your mind
Have the faith of a child

–Lenny Kravitz, “The Faith of a Child”

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Today marks 70 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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Sadako Sasaki was a toddler living in Hiroshima.  Ten years later she died as a result of leukemia, “the atomic bomb disease.”  If you don’t know the story of Sadako and the 1000 Cranes, you can read about it here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_and_the_Thousand_Paper_Cranes

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This is our cry.
This is our prayer.
Peace in the world.

–inscription on the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima
http://www.nippon.com/en/images/k00009/

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Headline Haiku: O Yoko/World Peace

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Death seizes like fire.
Bombs reach inside:
Heroin.
The dead wind questions.

Yoko Ono begins 2015 with a full page ad in the Sunday New York Times which is a rather cryptic call for World Peace, invoking, among other things, elephants and solar panels.

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She’s right about one thing though: we have to start with ourselves, our own actions and words.

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And who (meaning me) could resist those eyes?

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As to the headline haiku:  I think I’m becoming more attuned to the quirks of poem generator (http://thinkzone.wlonk.com/PoemGen/PoemGen.htm); we’re collaborating well.

See also a more coherent plea for world unity, posted by Aware and Fair: http://awareandfair.com/2015/01/05/the-trap-of-being-divided-and-conquered/

And you can see my first collaboration with Yoko here:https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/headline-haiku-imagine/

 

 

 

Headline Haiku: Imagine

 

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Yoko Ono placed an ad in the front section of the NY Times on October 9, John Lennon’s birthday.  He would have been 74.

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It seemed a perfect fit for Planet Earth.

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For the haiku (inspired by the surrealists and my 1989 Journal), I cut out all the headlines in the newspaper section, eliminated words referring to specific people or places, put them in an envelope, and let serendipity choose.  Only twice did I have to pick another word to get the correct number of syllables for the poem.

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“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.”
–Yoko Ono