For World Peace Day: A New Trend


Ludwig Knaus, “Peace,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


 “I many times thought Peace had come

When Peace was far away—“

–Emily Dickinson (Full Text here with original.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

—Martin Luther King, Jr.


With seeming wit, some may cackle

and let Rome burn,

But (with wits intact), I wonder

(Can we be honest here?)

How many notes must be taken

to perfect the art of war?

What tests must be performed?

Would it not be better to note,

to test how

not to kill

not to hate

not to hurt the innocent

not to believe the lies?

It’s a simple question.

What do you think?

A new test. Peace.

Let’s try it, shall we?

An era of love,

instead of hate,

If nothing else,

it would be something new.

Be a trendsetter.


I used  Secret Keeper’s Writing Challenge to create this poem for World Peace Day, September 21, 2016.

The prompt words were:  Wit/hurt/note/honest/test








20 thoughts on “For World Peace Day: A New Trend

  1. Good morning, Merril. Your post reminded me I’d planned to write on World Peace Day today, then totally forgot in the wake of Sasha’s trauma, the Chincoteague foreclosure, and my identity crisis. Yet, isn’t that the problem with peace — good intentions go awry as we react to the stimulus of the moment? Peace takes more than good intentions; it takes a commitment that I am not sure I find any more. I see a nation committed to action, committed to DOING SOMETHING; when peace, to me, demands the opposite: “Don’t Just Do Something; Sit There.”
    Yet, we can’t give up, throw in the towel, walk away in dismay. And so I shall Sit again. For I can only do what I can do. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Thanks Merril for writing about World Peace Day. I pray for peace every day. Is it possible? Perhaps it starts with each and every one of us. From the micro to the macro. I love MLK’s quote, may it be emblazoned on our hearts and minds.

  3. If they don’t do as you say I regret I’m going to have to take things into my own hands. I shall become World Dictator and though benevolent I shall not be kind to warmongers. People will not like me in this job.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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