Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

06 November 2006

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

Synchronised whispers make teacher's voice
calling wayward children to a halt
"Put away destructive big boys toys!"
Chastised perpetrators of assault.

Let bully and victim now shake hands -
apologies to those who deserve -
returned pocket money save parched lands
and timely freedom from those they served.

Release the Voices from the cupboards.
Though you disagree, let them all speak.
(The tunes of many little dove-birds
in flock's evensong might reach their peak.)

See the loner playing his own game.
Alone, no support, he watches on.
Go, entreat him, and ask him his name.
Tell him he's welcome - the bully's gone.

Culture and belief varies from his,
offering others to be enriched.
Assimilated differences -
beautiful patchwork cleverly stitched.

Subtle hues - variation on skin
cultural differences a blessing
offering hero and heroine
once oppressed, release prepossessing.

Tired of hearing about wars and pain -
Say, "Stop it. Stop it all of you!" So,
Let winds of change rotate weather vane -
Take white hankie and have damn good blow!

And listen! Let it be understood.
Voice of reason won't be confounded
Time's main objective is common good.
Stand tall - statue-still - and be counted!

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© Annelisa Christensen 9:49 pm

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At November 07, 2006 12:50 am, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

Beautiful. Moving. We love it. I'm going to post it on Mimi Writes in just a little while. It is "Dawn's First Poem" on Peace Globe Day.

At November 07, 2006 3:02 am, Blogger Dr. A said...

Very moving. Great job.

At November 07, 2006 3:24 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a heartfelt poem. Peace!

At November 07, 2006 4:06 am, Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

Beautiful. Grant us peace.

{I went to check out the "homepage" for this project. I'm not going to be able to participate}

At November 07, 2006 5:28 am, Blogger Elaine said...

Thank you for the lovely poem ...


At November 07, 2006 6:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a moving poem..I loved your words...beautiful patchwork cleverly stitched...it is so true, so much more beauty in that, instead of in the torn quilt that is now blanketing our beautiful home that we all live on..I am so proud to be a part of the movement...thanks..m

At November 07, 2006 10:47 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thank You for coming to see my Peace poem today. I've returned the visits, and all have poingant posts which make me all shivery and gushy inside...

Everyone seems to have taken a different angle, but all looking at the same thing - Peace!

mimi - this one was for you - thank you for your inspiration!

dr. A - You got here early! (I was very touched by your words at Mimi's too!)

Kilroy - you may not have been able to post the globe, but I liked that you got in the subtle picture at the top of your post

Elaine - You're welcome, and thank you for coming to see me, so I could follow you back to your lovely post.

Peace, Lizza!

madd - Your 'views' from space were so thought provoking and put everything in perspective.

At November 07, 2006 12:25 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I like most about blogging is thouching people from all over the world. I value the opporunity to meet and exchange thoughts in this manner. Thanks for letting us know about World Peace Day!

At November 07, 2006 12:49 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

You're right about the different angles on the same focal point! Love that yours is from a school kid's perspective as these kids are our future "Peace Proponents". (I can tell you've been out in the schools recently!)

Sad to say, I couldn't post the signed globe as I explained in my blog, (Technology eludes me!)but I did write a short piece on the song itself and a childhood memory of singing it at summer camp.


At November 07, 2006 1:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your vision and words for peace.

Thanks for spending so much time with me and my words also, I am glad you find them enjoyable.

Have a peaceful day.

At November 07, 2006 1:50 pm, Blogger Carolina Cats said...

Beautiful - thank you for sharing your vision.

Finnegan & Buddy

At November 07, 2006 2:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post---mine is up, only it is at the right hand side!
This way -- it stays until World Peace is Acheved! Geeze--how long will it be there???
: )

At November 07, 2006 3:31 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Wow! blow my mind
I should have looked in here first
Magic & beauty flowing all over

I'm thinking you look good with hair, but hey I'm thinking you look good even bald (for charity) and it all grows back

Here's looking at ya
Here's smiling at ya

At November 07, 2006 5:47 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Well, that was really irritating - I just finished responding to all these lovely comments, and this pop-up came out of nowhere, and blitzed the lot! So, Ok, I'll try again, but perhaps I'll do it in a couple of goes :-)

Old Lady - thank you for visiting from the other side of the world! I totally agree - I love checking my stats, and looking at the globe where it shows where the last 100 people came from!

Mother of Invention - I don't really know if my 'angle' was because I work in a school, because my children are all in school, or because I've always thought of politicians as being like sulky, spoilt children! They behave like children, yet they gamble with our lives, and have way too much power for so few people...

Brian - I love to visit your pages, because the love and friendship eminating from them is irristable! And I enjoy reading your posts :-)

At November 07, 2006 6:03 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Finnigan & Buddy - thanks California Cats for visiting. I loved your globe, and John Lennon's words from 'Imagine' were so apt!

Starbender - Glad you liked the poem. I only had a quick glance at your page before the pop-up struck in force - I caught a glimpse of a giant hand pushing a face into the sand? 'Hand of God'? I'll go back and look properly in a minute (seems I have plenty of time, if you are waiting for peace before removing it! :-) )

Hi girlfriend - Where've you bin? :-) Actually, I really appreciate your take on my post, as one poet to another :-) I look forward to reading your ideas about lost voices - I think you could say much, and in a very poignant way (as ever!) Sure, we have a second of time... as long as it's wisely used (enjoyed/ felt/ enriched, recognised/ lived)

quasar9 - I only saw your blog for the first time yesterday - oh, the most beautiful pictures, and so much information (I could actually understand :-)). I enjoyed it so much, I've told teachers about it at school...

Thank you for your kind comment. So, you visited my sister site too, huh? It's going to be strange without hair, but I'm beginning to feel that I'll make the target, and I'll have made a small contribution to eliminating such an invasive disease...

At November 08, 2006 2:48 am, Blogger Alicia M B Ballard StudioGaleria said...

This poem has truly moved me Annelise.
Thank you for your visit and kindest words!!!

Peace, love and joy to you and yours

At November 08, 2006 3:12 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi angeldust - I'm glad I visited you, and saw your beautiful peace globe!

Thankyou for returning the visit.

At November 08, 2006 4:33 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Peace and joy to you and your loved ones! c",)

At November 08, 2006 4:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! so well expressed and ..
oh i just love it!

At November 09, 2006 8:25 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thank you mystic rose - I came to see you, and my breath was taken away by the beauty of words and pictures I found there... I'll be linking up!


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