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Isn’t it Quiet

Posted in Poems, Poetry by Solveig Hansen on 2016/11/26

Irish poet Pat Ingoldsby wrote this poem in 1997. Still as releveant a comment as ever.

 

ISN’T IT QUIET

By (c) Pat Ingoldsby

When the Catholics have killed all the Protestants
and the Protestants have killed all the Catholics
and the Jews have killed all the Arabs
and the Arabs have killed all the Jews
and the Muslims have killed all the Christians
and the Christians have killed all the Muslims
and all the graveyards are full
and all the crematoria are burned out
and only one person is left living on this Earth
I hope to fuck they enjoy the peace.

 
From See Liz She Spins, 1997

Published with the permission of the author.

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Happy Earth Day 2015

Posted in Poems by Solveig Hansen on 2015/04/22

April 22 is Earth Day. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. Read more at Earth Day Network.

 

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Day 1 in U.S. of A

Posted in Poems by Solveig Hansen on 2015/02/08

April is the National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). Each day the participants are challenged to write a poem based on form (cinquain, ottava rima, tanka…) or theme. In 2013, one of the daily prompts was to write a poem that contained at least five words in other languages. I wrote this one, about linguistic blunders in a cross-cultural working environment. Been there, done that?

 
Day 1 in U.S. of A

By Zol H, 2013

How do you take your coffee?
she asked, and I said
In a cup, s’il vous plaît,
a big one,
I’m so jet-legged.
Later we found out
that we both knew Pierre,
and I said Oh mon Dieu,
and she said OMG
and Get outta here,
so I left.
 

Roadside Drawings in Seoul

Posted in Art Projects, Poems by Solveig Hansen on 2015/02/08

Fred Jeremy Seligson posted this at Children’s Peace Train. I love it! The drawings are from Seoul.

Children
decorate
the sides
of the
road and
help adults
remember

Roadside drawings in Seoul

Roadside drawings in Seoul

Oh lord, let this world awake

Posted in Poems by Solveig Hansen on 2015/01/10

I am the web editor of IFLAC (The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace). In 2014, we arranged a poetry festival together with the Children’s Peace Train, with the theme “Peace in My Own Life.” We called it the IFLAC Children’s Peace Train Poetry Festival. Young voices from all over the world responded and shared their thoughts with us.

One of the poems we received was “A World Where,” a prayer for the world to awaken, for the freedom to love, imagine and express oneself. This poem is more relevant than ever today.

A WORLD WHERE

By Anjali Sinha, age 15

Where the vision feels no fear,
The breathe is no more nervous,
The hands are no more bound,
And stretch high to touch the sky.
Where the heart is free to love,
Where the mind is free to imagine,
Where the feet are no more bound,
And can walk on the right path.
Where the ears need not strain anymore
To hear a caring word from a friend,
Where the lips are no more quiet,
And are free to express the thoughts of the soul.
Where people feel no fear,
To lend a helping hand,
To a neighbour in distress.
Where every laughter comes from heart
And every tear, of happiness.
Where trust prevails in every heart
And every reason of gratitude be justified.
Where feelings know no boundaries,
Where billions of hearts beat together,
In the dawn of peace and joy,
Oh lord, let this world awake.

 
The Peace Train poems are published in this anthology:

Poems: “Jihad” and “Olives”

Posted in Poems by Solveig Hansen on 2014/10/27

For more than a decade, Fred Jeremy Seligson at Children’s Peace Train has been collecting drawings from children and conducting Peace Train workshops. In his poetry, he makes adults see how their actions affect children. The poems, with their short sharp lines, as shown in “Jihad” and “Olives” below, are precise and powerful.

JIHAD

By Fred Jeremy Seligson

Drawing from the Children's Peace Train

Drawing from the Children’s Peace Train

If you
Tell a child

About
“G-d’s Will”

Make sure
You’re

Not
Talking

About
Your own

OLIVES

By Fred Jeremy Seligson

Had an olive
Tree

But now
You
Have

My girl
Used
To climb

And
Eat
Olives

Now
Your boy
Does

Why
Can’t we
Share?

 

On the Children’s side

Posted in Poems by Solveig Hansen on 2014/08/06

Jeremy Seligson at the Children’s Peace Train is on the children’s side in his Gaza/Israel poems. Here are some of the poems:

 
LEAFLET
For
G-d’s
Sake

Move
Your
Children
Out
Of
Harm’s
Way

We
Are
Sorry

Love,
Your
Neighbor

 
3 YEARS OLD
A tunnel
From
Your
Kindergarten
To
Mine

A
Courier
Carrying
A bomb

Told he’s
Going
To
Heaven

Such
Madness
On Earth

 
SCHOOL
When
You
See
The
Child’s
Torn
Body
Do not
Blame
Anyone,
But
Yourself

– F. J. Seligson July, 2014
 

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Dear Neighbor

Posted in Poems by Solveig Hansen on 2014/07/20

Poem by Jeremy Seligson, who is running the Children’s Peace Train:

 
DEAR NEIGHBOR,

After 1,000’s
Of years
Killing,
Showing
Children hate,
For the Sake
Of Love
And Peace
Which are
The Ground
Of our Religions
Our One G-d
I will Promise
To teach my
Newborn to
Love your
People as
If my own
Then you could
Promise to
Teach your
Newborn to
Love my
People as
If your own
So they might
Play together
For the sake
Of Joy
And Humanity
And not
For those
Who choose
G-d’s words
For their own
Glory

– F. J. Seligson July 19, 2014
 

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