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Path to Peace

The soldier saw

reddish-orange blood pouring out

of his enemy’s chest

as he thrust his glossy sword

deep inside.

Reddish-orange, the color of the setting sun,

he thought, pointless.

For the first time, he looked into his

enemy’s face. Was he 17 or 18?

His hands numbed and bones quivered as he

imagined his youngest brother

soaked in reddish-orange blood.

Another enemy lay beside the young one,

like crushed leaves,

his dark crimson blood reminiscent

of the sky before a storm.

What is the color of my blood?

he wondered. What did he fight for?

Expansion? Race? Religion?

A vulture sat in the stench of blood,

her mouth purplish-red,

jaw dripping,

observing and waiting.

Suddenly, scared of all the red around him,

the soldier dragged himself out

of the battlefield.

His helmet and sword slipped away

in search of a better warrior.

His legs strolled where his heart led and

he stopped in front of a monastery.

He knelt with force

as the monastery bells rang,

his knees brushing

the hard rock below.

He found that his blood

was reddish-yellow

like a scattered autumn leaf.

He lifted his eyes

as the sun broke through the trees

illuminating his path to peace.

Disregard War

 

(Just an opinion against war)

Do not ever thirst for war, friends

Do not seek the ‘reversal’ of world maps

Substitute distaste for tolerance

and replace loathing with empathy

 

Spare a thought about the land destroyed by war

The heavenly landscape turned into a desert

Look at how the defeated are treated,

Women dishonoured and children slighted

The vanquished will tell you

that they do not seek glory anymore,

their half-dead spirits

only want to be left in peace

Your eyes that closed in a prayer for your country’s victory

would then brim with tears for your enemy

and you will become one of them

All of the civilised humanity united

against the enemy called war

Standing for Peace

These white roses have blossomed

gracefully amidst thorns and barren stems

to show that peace can exist in conflict.

A pleasant new voice in a world

filled with noisy commotion.

 

These roses show that bright hope

can arise amongst dark despair

and optimism lives

even in the midst of turmoil