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 June 2007

Dona Nobis Pacem

Peace cannot be bought, Nor can it be given.
Endless wars are fought Even in its name.
Angels, don't despair- Even though we've striven
Constantly to share Damnation with blame,
Excuse our cruel sport... Say we'll be forgiven.

Forsee better times - Trust our humanity,
Or at least let us climb Heavenwards, step by step
Reaching hands towards Extended Sanity.

Climbing still upwards Bare witness that we wept
Heavily for our crimes, Law condoned stupidly.
In the heartless deeds Each one of us performed,
Letting shallow creeds Steer acts to lassitude,
Does our lethargy Sentence us, unreformed,
Relieved of duty, In changing attitude?
Ease free this bindweed's Noose that has densely formed
Nesting violence with Gall in its strangling vine.

Intertwined captives Of garotte are potent
Notional visions Finding fissures to shine

Out through high prisms Of ideals and judgement,
Untouched by active Unfairness. Combine
Rainbows fashioned from Richest aspirations

To form a hope-storm, Lighting hearts and souls
In multi-coloured Offering to nations,
Modifying the Values, and raising goals.
Earth will transform Early estimations.

[Annelisa for Dona Nobis Pacem 6th June 2007]

(Doesn't this budding shoot look like a dove of peace?)


On this day of Peace, I have something more to add. This is for a very special friend of mine:

My friend, Julia

You've been there with me nearly my whole life.

We made camps together; discovered clothes, make-up, and boys together; explored teenage life.
Parting for the years we studied, we kept in touch, even when other friendships were discarded along the path. Our bonds grew stronger each time we met - growing closer, not away.

In our similarities and differences, we discovered our fellowship was chosen. Maybe it has been fate's hand, because attachments this close don't come along so often.

I can sit in silence with you, or talk twenty to the dozen.

I can see you every day, or not for a year, and it's like we only just parted, our conversation continuing as though there were no break.

Even when apart, our lives have meandered distant, but parallel, events echoing across the miles.

You hear me when I need to talk, and talk when I need to listen.

We have laughed, danced and eaten together, and each time there is a bond that needs no words, yet is usually filled with them.

You 'get' me.

You understand my wry humour, and my constant teasing, and don't take offence when I am blunt. And as I am to you, you are to me.

You are kind, thoughtful, adventurous, caring and creative. You are a great and wonderful mother; a close friend with your husband; loving and considerate to your sisters and parents.

You are like the 'other half' of me. You are also the 'other half' of Steve. That makes you the one that is whole.

Julia, I pray for you to live a very long, long time. Who knows, with fate's strange twists, you may outlive me yet (but... if I go first, I'll be back to haunt you! :-) )

Just know, my friend, the distance of death will make no difference to the way I feel.

You have always been, and will always be, my very best friend!

Thank you for being there, and...


(May you have many more)

This is the official Mr Linky from Mimi's. If you've signed there, you don't need to sign here! :-D

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© Annelisa Christensen 12:01 am

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At June 05, 2007 11:19 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Julia.
HaPpY BlOgBlAsT, Annelisa.
I am so lucky to have shared this day with you both, I am moved and touched (so the doctors say) to have this space...........

At June 05, 2007 11:25 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Happy Blogblast, Queenie!! Thank you for sharing the day with me also!

At June 06, 2007 2:37 am, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! A trophy for your write...the best so far for me!

Happy blogblast day for peace.

Best wishes and dreams fulfilled on this day your best friend, Julia, entered the earth. Wishing you have many more days to share together. Ciao!

At June 06, 2007 2:51 am, Blogger krystyna said...

Hi Annelisa!
I don’t know what to say. Just breathtaking... peaceful place... .
You are the Earth Angel, spreading Peace, Love and many Goodness to the World!
Happy Birthday to Julia!
Happy BlogBlast to you!

At June 06, 2007 3:39 am, Blogger Carolina Cats said...

Hi Miss Annelisa! It is so nise to see you agane (but we stop by often) for this wonderful day. Purrs of peace to you and many wishes for a Happy Birthday to Miss Julia

Love Finny & Buddy

At June 06, 2007 3:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annelisa..as always your the best my friend..missed you and I love your post..madd

At June 06, 2007 4:41 am, Blogger mister jeter harris, hizself said...

deer annelisa,
thank u fer yer help ... an ...
all i am sayin iz giv peace a chance.
luv--yer grate frend--jh

At June 06, 2007 5:49 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Happy Birthday Julia.

You must indeed be a great lady to have put up with this one for all those years.

Seriously though - lovely post Annelisa & the poem is very clever too. Perfect I say.

At June 06, 2007 6:45 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Peace to you Annelisa and a very Happy Birthday to Julia.

All your words are heartfelt Annelisa and what a wonderful tribute to your friend, Julia.

May you both live long in friendship and happines.

At June 06, 2007 6:56 am, Blogger Kimo and Sabi said...

Peace be wif yous!

At June 06, 2007 7:27 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Aagh - just had a linky mishap (see the list).

Can you delete me? PLEASE?

At June 06, 2007 9:33 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

!!! Julia's birthday?! Happy Birthday! =D It's my little brother's birthday too! Oh joy! =D What wonderful coincidences!

Oh, and a Happy Donna Nobis Pacem day! =) I am in the process of writing out my peace post. I have just came back from school after a long, tiring day. Phew!

I love your poem and the way the letters stand out to form another message. It is very ingenious!

You're right that children need peace and love from us because eventually, they are the ones who will run Earth. We shouldn't be setting a bad example for them as they might pick up the wrong things and thus, wrecking havoc on our wonderful world! =(

At June 06, 2007 12:23 pm, Blogger GEWELS said...

Lovely sentiments- your writing and photography are genius.

Peace to us all.
Happy Birthday to you, Julia- wishing you a peaceful day!

At June 06, 2007 12:34 pm, Blogger Liz Hill said...

Just wonderful. your leter to your friend has made my day. Thank you

At June 06, 2007 2:10 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

WOW! This is your best post ever! Everything fits perfectly..the neat poem with the line entrenched in Bold Blue, the photo and the finale, the ode to your best friend, Julia! (Happy B-Day to you, Julia)

Sad to say, I'm still not techy enough to figure all this out but so once again, I'm with you in spirit. Who knows, maybe World Peace may really happen some day?

At June 06, 2007 2:11 pm, Blogger bulletholes said...

I did it! I am #150...do you think you can bump me up to the front Lisa? hmm? How do I get to be in your top 3?

At June 06, 2007 3:46 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

Just looked properly at the picture... Is that a plant? it really does look like a bird - or a sculpture of a bird at the very least.

You and your viewpoint.. amazing x

(was debating whether to comment again as really I should be cowering at badjokesandovenchips waiting for the peaceglobe-linking fiasco to blow over, but I've never been shy. Or capable of keeping my gob shut. So here the comment is!)

At June 06, 2007 3:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful writing! Peace to you too!

At June 06, 2007 4:34 pm, Blogger Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Wonderful posts and great peace globes!

Peace to you and yours.

At June 06, 2007 5:21 pm, Blogger Pearls of Wisdom said...

Great globe! Peace to you and yours.

Angel ( Angel Mama )

At June 06, 2007 5:54 pm, Blogger Vinny "Bond" Marini said...


Grant Us Peace - "All You Need Is Love"
Sitting On The Couch For Peace

The template was from Sanni... the design is mine...Thanks for coming by

At June 06, 2007 6:24 pm, Blogger RUTH said...

What a wonderful post, the poem, photo and wishes to your friend are beautiful.

At June 06, 2007 6:33 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

Such a wonderful, peaceful and powerful posting - Thank you, Annelisa! You´re the GREATEST =)

Sanni, Frank and Luis,
Jersey, the furry diva and
The Pimping Team

are wishing LOVE & PEACE to you and yours ♥

At June 06, 2007 6:36 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

... and, of course, we´re all wishing a VERY Happy Birthday to Julia!

Have a BLAST!

At June 06, 2007 7:53 pm, Blogger Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

May the warmth and spirit of this Peace Globe Day bring us all peace. You’re globe is beautiful.

From WTIT: the most peaceful Tape Radio Station ever…

At June 06, 2007 9:48 pm, Blogger The Evil Blogger Twin said...

Yup, unbelievable, but true - I´m up with a globe, too ;)

Seems to be there´s a little good heart beating deep inside my evil body... but *ssssssh* please don´t tell. It´s a well-kept secret.

Happy Birthday to Julia,
pax vobiscum!

At June 06, 2007 10:49 pm, Blogger Anndi said...

Beautiful globes Annelisa. Friendships like yours are the foundations of Peace.

"It begins with me..."

At June 07, 2007 12:46 am, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

Annelisa - I knew you'd been working on a poem for Peace Day.
It is stunning.

I am equally moved at the beautiful tribute to Julia, your best friend. Happy Birthday to her and may she know peace.

Love and hugs,

At June 07, 2007 1:41 am, Blogger Travis Cody said...

I came by from Mimi's. Happy Peace Globe Day.

Peace to you!

At June 07, 2007 12:37 pm, Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

Thanks, Annelisa, for visiting my blogs. I got the globe photos back in place, in between your comments on my first two and your arrival at my Plum Crazy Red Hat Mamas blog ... lol. I also posted those globes at a joint blog, which you may reach later if you are going through all of them (see #302 ... and 303 and 304 because it didn't seem to "take" on Mimi's site).

I really like what you put here for our BlogBlast for Peace; thank you especially for your poetry and your birthday message of love for your friend Julia ~ Happy Belated Birthday, Julia!

Anyway, I have put you on my Bonnie's Books blog list because you seem to be a kindred soul, as your NaNoWriMo on the sidebar indicates. I am also a wordsmith and plan to "NaNoWriMo" (new verb) myself in November. So far I have published only nonfiction, so trying a novel ought to be fun. I'll keep in touch by checking your blog(s). I'm glad you dropped by mine.

At June 07, 2007 12:49 pm, Blogger Dan said...

Peace and love my sweet friend!

At June 07, 2007 4:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy BDay!
And Happy Blog for peace day ;)
Peace to all of you!

At June 07, 2007 6:40 pm, Blogger CS said...

Thanks for stopping by - powerful poem and I love the peace globe. And the dove flower is an amazing shot!

At June 07, 2007 6:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute! Thanks for stopping by my blog. And wow, you have a gorgeous peace globe!

Peace and love to you and yours.

At June 07, 2007 6:58 pm, Blogger Lizza said...

What a moving poem and tribute to Julia. Peace to both of you and happy birthday to her!

At June 07, 2007 8:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful poem, and with a very clever little hidden message too. Your poem and picture are perfect for Peace Day. Your blog is lovely, I will be back!

Happy Birthday to your friend and peace to you all!

At June 07, 2007 9:54 pm, Blogger goatman said...

Whats with all of the latin lately, whats the deal?
I wish for peace but expect the worst.

At June 08, 2007 2:06 am, Blogger Tara said...


Wasn't it wonderful! That linky list is amazing, isn't it? Thanks for visiting, and thank you for sharing such a lovely post!


At June 08, 2007 2:33 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your Peace For Children In Our Time. Wonderful. You and Julia look like quite a pair. I'll bet the two of you have great stories to tell. Take care.


At June 08, 2007 3:10 am, Blogger Bob G said...

Oh my goodness - almost 400 Mr Linky's?!?! Thank you Annalisa for your beautiful words that flow...and that cool Peace Globe! Keep up your good work!

At June 08, 2007 3:11 am, Blogger Julie said...

Beautiful place you have here my dear. I'll visit often. Thanks for stopping by to see me.

Peace my friend.

At June 08, 2007 5:30 am, Blogger Believer said...

PEACE it's a beautiful thing!

Heavenly Voice

At June 08, 2007 10:36 am, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

hmmm Annelisa, "Make Love not War"
just goes without saying on that PEACE cum birthday card

At June 08, 2007 10:38 am, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

PS - Love the Dove of Peace
I was sure there was actually a bird sitting 'there' till I looked at the enlarged image

At June 08, 2007 12:07 pm, Blogger BenSpark said...

Thanks for going and visiting all of my blogs. I have to take a peaceful trip around the web myself.

At June 08, 2007 1:12 pm, Blogger Meowers from Missouri said...

happy peace day (yes, even on the 8th) to you, dear miss annelise--an' may efurry day you celebrate be one of peace.

an' happy purrthday to the lovely miss julia--may efurry purrthday bring you joy and health.

warm purrs and soft headbumpies from

nelson, edmund, nitro, an' xing lu
the missouri meowers

At June 08, 2007 2:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

simply gorgeous...like peace...gorgeous..

wishing you and yours peace also..thanks for stopping by!

At June 08, 2007 10:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - got yer message!
I was going to do one of them peace posts... but I thought the time had expired. Ho-hum
Me repeating myself: everyone who knows me knows I am ALWAYS doing this whether it's making the same remark 3 times in a conversation or whatever.
You'll note in those little comments I leave I often mention the damn Random Blog Button - that is what i use to hop-hop the blogworld when I'm bored/depressed/ok i admit sometimes slightly drunk. Anything that's interesting looking I stop at ... However the stuff they choose to circulate is actually fairly restricted. That would explain why the same stuff catches my eye over and over
well I'm off to have the same dinner as yesterday
do have a pleasant weekend!!

At June 09, 2007 1:16 am, Blogger mystic rose said...

that message is awesome. will have to read it again.

At June 09, 2007 1:17 am, Blogger mystic rose said...

and oh yeah,
happy birthday ot julia as well :)

many happy returns of the day and wishing both of you many many years of love and warm friendship. that IS a treasure. :)

At June 09, 2007 12:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the 50 comments exist if not read?
Do you mean like if a tree falls down in a forest and no-one's around to see or hear it fall, did the event actually happen?
O dear! Too philosophical for me!

ps was i here last night? just kidding

At June 09, 2007 11:12 pm, Blogger Lara Croft said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my globe and taking the time to read it. Your poem is so beautiful and your message to your friend goes straight to the heart. Peace to you and yours - LC

At June 10, 2007 1:01 am, Blogger sadako said...

Annelisa, your photos here are so beautiful and nostalgic. I love it. :)

Greetings from the Philippines!

At June 10, 2007 12:11 pm, Blogger meh said...

Thank you for your comments! They are appreciated :)
Your globe is very funky! Love it :)
Hope Julia had a wonderful birthday :)
Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all!

At June 10, 2007 12:31 pm, Blogger Liz Hinds said...

What a great friend ... you must be to have a friend as wonderful as Julia.

That shoot looks so much like a peace dove! It's amazing; wonderful photo.

At June 10, 2007 6:51 pm, Blogger Jenn in Holland said...

Lovely, Annelisa.
Just lovely.

At June 11, 2007 1:09 pm, Blogger lissa said...

Happy Belated Peace Day. I havent' got around to visiting other people's peace globe yet.

Yours looks nice. I like the colorful borders.

At June 14, 2007 12:23 am, Blogger Gledwood said...

Righty-ho, I've done it! My name's down. All's gleddered!


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