Poetry

Peace is a simple word

by Jackie Wattenberg

Peace is a simple word,
one syllable, slipping easily
over the tongue.
A simple word, easy to say
but difficult to define
"The strong right arm of Peace!"
proclaimed the posters of weapons
held high.
Peace and power,
a leader unites them
in a prayerful blend.
"We must keep our military strong,
to keep the Peace!"
But power used is power abused,
seldom bringing peace
as the powerful pretend.

Peace is a very simple word
uttered often and deceptively.
Sadly, peace is the world's unreality.

May 3, 2002


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