A Poem and A Plea.

I wrote this poem when I heard about the tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Conneticut.  It’s called “Twenty Six”.

Twenty Six

 

Twenty Six is just a number

But once they were lives;

Lives of children and teachers.

Now they are gone,

Brutally slain,

And no-one knows why.

 

Why is the question we all ask

To try to make sense of this tragedy;

As if knowing the answer

Could stop evil in its tracks.

 

Evil lives among us.

It seeks to divide us,

Make us argue over gun laws

Or politics or religion.

Evil wants to divide us into us and them.

 

We cannot let evil win.

The way we defeat it

Is to stand together in love.

There is no ‘them’;

There is only us.

 

I have noticed, particularly in current American politics, that there is a trend to be divisive.  There are a lot of people who like to say “I’m right and you’re wrong” but I would rather have a friend than win an argument.  Surely it is obvious that the world would be a better place even we all learned to get along with each other.  So let’s try to make 2013 a year of peace.  We might not manage to stop international wars but let’s not make war in our own hearts.  I am well aware of how easy it is to get angry.  I am a red head with a temper to match!

But whenever I lose my temper I almost always end up regretting it.  So this year I’m going to try not to be so grumpy and when people irritate the f**k out of me, I shall do my best to just walk away.  Peace man!

 

 

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