War and Peace
Life and love and joy and peace
and happiness abound;
Yet so does hatred, war and strife
and fighting on the ground.
War and peace and good and evil
seem married to each other.
From day one through history
Man has sought to kill his brother.
Mothers weep for children slain
Wives mourn their spouses lost.
Heads of State when war is done
Don’t like to count the cost.
For soon it all begins again
Upon some foreign shore.
Never learning from the past
They just commit to more.
Sacrificing not themselves
But mothers, dads, and sons
Daughters, wives, and husbands
Are armed with bombs and guns.
Those who long for peace and pray
That common ground be found
Cannot staunch the flow each day
Of blood that soaks the ground.
It’s in the heart of every man
And woman and their brood
To wage an endless battle
‘Tween evil and all that’s good.
Until there is a victory won
By tolerance over greed
Love and peace will never win
O’er hate’s insidious seed.
We each must fight the battle
In our own heart and mind
And to our inner selves be true
If peace and love we’d find.
How Long Must the Darkness Prevail?
How does the world go on turning
When hurting and grieving, we fall?
The incredibly strong human spirit
Rises to answer the call.
The pain and the suffering around us
We notice when we feel the blow,
But the sorrow and pain of today is
Not new to the world as a whole.
As long as the world’s been in motion
And people have felt hate and fear,
Violence has been perpetrated
In both faraway places and near.
Just one thing can possibly stop it
As long as the world goes around:
Hearts filled with love and compassion
In all of mankind must be found.
Respecting the rights of all others,
Considering each others’ pain,
Allowing to each his own tenet
Would permit peace and freedom to reign.
Both poems written and copyrighted by Janet Muirhead Hill
P.O Box 2885, Norris, MT 59745
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