Amy Barlow Liberatore… stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz

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Peace, the Unknown Commodity

Our world has been at war
since the eighth decade. EIGHTH

Constant bickering plus weapons
equals humans either dead or “victorious”

Where is the victory in bloody children
lying in the street next to their dead mothers?

Will it take violent protest to end war?
That would be quite ironic, but

marching hasn’t done it; even Lennon’s
music was decried as hippie drivel

All we are saying is give peace a chance
And yet the war machine goes on

A peaceful world takes LOVE and respect
A peaceful world means children go to school

A peaceful world means women are not battered
and adults are given meaningful work

In a peaceful world, the Halliburton crew
and Blackwater would have spare time.

Perhaps they could work on clean energy
and free health care for Americans instead

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
Image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons

I know I wrote more about war than peace, but let’s face it, folks. As long as Stale Pale Males (emphasis on stale, as in same old crap) are large and in charge of the military/industrial complex; as long as we are dependent on fossil fuels; and, of course, as long as there are “American Interests” abroad, we will never know peace. “American Interests” is a catch phrase that does not mean people – it means Starbucks in Baghdad and McDonald’s in every nation! Beware the sound byte.

This is for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads’ “Blog 4 Peace” highlight. I am so proud to be a “Toad” and to take part in this wonderful cause. I’m also posting this for dverse Open Mic Tuesday.  Peace, Amy