Poetry

Peace Poems, Prayers & Songs



I Got Peace in my Fingers

- Susan SalidorSusan Salidor

(Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UhXG2Sk1l8)


Shanti Paatha,
- Ancient Hindu prayer for peace from the Yajur Veda

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz2rZ3HO95o

Om Dhyo Shaanti!
Antariksh Shaanti! Prithvee Shaanti! Raapah Shaanti!
Roshadhayah Shaanti! Vanaspatayah Shaanti!
Vishvay Dayvaah Shaanti! Brahma Shaanti! Sarvagvam Shaanti!
Shaanti Rayva! Shaanti Saa Maa! Shaanti Raydhi!
Om Shaanti! Shaanti! Shaantih!

God Almighty
Let there be peace in all regions of the universe!
Peace upon the earth! Peace upon the sun and other planets!
And, peace in the air! Peace in the waters!
Let there be peace in all the herbs, and vegetation!
Peace upon all the learned sages, and teachers!
Let our learning and meditation be blessed with peace!
Peace here, Peace there, and peace everywhere!
Bless us all and everyone with peace!


My Heart is Open to All Winds

-Muhammad Ibn 'Arabi, Mystic, philosopher, poet, sage, Spain, 1165-1240

My heart is open to all winds

             It is a pasture for gazelles

And a home for Christian monks,

             A temple for idols

The Black Stone of the Mecca pilgrim,

             The table of the Torah

And the book of the Koran.

             Wherever God's caravans turn,

The religion of love shall be my religion

              And my faith.


 

This is My Song!

- Lloyd Stone, 1934; Music- Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, 1899

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine!
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.

O hear my song, thou God of all nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.


Ring in the Christ that is to Be

- Tennyson

Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;

Ring in the nobler modes of life

With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

The faithless coldness of times;

Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,

But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,

The civic slander and the spite;

Ring in the love of truth and right,

Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindlier hand;

Ring out the darkness of the land;

Ring in the Christ to be.


Where the mind is without fear

- Rabindranath Tagore

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
     


Let There Be Peace on Earth

- Sy Miller & Jill Jackson, 1955

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Creator, children all are we.
Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now;
With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment, and live each moment in peace eternally:
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.


Sowing Seeds Of Peace

- Micheal Tealq, Hamilton, Ont. Canada

I am a global gardener

Sowing seeds of peace

My love of humanity

Inspires and nourishes me

We must embrace our sacredness

We must be ambassadors of light

We must respect the earth

We must savor every breath

We must invoke self awareness

We must manifest the life we desire

I am a global gardener

Sowing seeds of peace

My love of humanity

Inspires and nourishes me

I bless the heart of the world

I seek to foster greater harmony

I live life in a conscious way

I seek the path to belonging

I believe in the power of community

I honor and celebrate life

I am a global gardener

Sowing seeds of peace

My love of humanity

Inspires and nourishes me

You are heaped with blessings

You are touched by genius

You are a vessel of expression

You are aligned with a higher goal

You are a student of truth

You are gentleness and love

I am a global gardener

Sowing seeds of peace

My love of humanity

Inspires and nourishes me

To survive we must all see the peace within us all and seek to

cultivate a lifetime of joy while creating environments which serve the

betterment of humankind. To survive we must transcend the ordinary

while exploring diverse worlds and recognizing the sacredness in each

and every one of us. To survive we must listen to whisperings of our

souls while generating joy and harmony. To survive we must acknowledge

the limitless enrichment of the human spirit while embracing truth and

inspiring joy.

I am peace, I am freedom, I am Human, and I am Sacred

You are peace, You are freedom, You are human, You are sacred

We are peace, We are freedom, We are human, We are sacred

I am a global gardener

Sowing seeds of peace

My love of humanity

Inspires and nourishes me

Let us all be gardeners that this may be a world where peace blossoms

and freedom is in abundance.


Celebrating Our Nest

- Dr. Satinder Mohan Bhagat, College Park, MD, USA

In all of Creation

Our Blue Ball is Best

Singers we be

Celebrating our Nest


Bubbling in ocean, river and creek

Water spells Life

In our House unique


We see no use

For Dblue-em-dees#

Love and Non-violence

Make our Dblue-em-pees@


Eschewing Hate,

Embracing compassion

Hurry, hurry come join the procession


Us, Humans

OF Us, the world

Us, one Family

She, our Passion


    #Weapons of Mass Destruction

    @ Weapons of Mass Preservation


Peace

- Stephen Gill www.stephengill.ca

You are the imperishable harmony

that reaps

unparalleled prosperity.

From the chalice of your love

I long painfully to sip

the invigorating wine

of fruitful returns.

You are

the softness of the radiant might

that melts the mist,

stirs the soul of clouds pushes down the rain showers

which kiss the dry lips of earth

and the wordless sonata

that moves the sharp white beams

of the moon.

In creation

you are a balance.

You are

the luxuriance of the aroma

that runs

in the veins of the enchanted blossoms.

You flower

a fragrant feast around,

caress

the flushed cheeks of the horizon

and liberate the birds that fly

to receive the ruler retiring

in a strange ceremony.

You are

the beat that echoes

in the breast of the arc.

You muse

in the melody of the falls.

You are nirvana

that helps in breaking the fetters

of the relentless brutalities

and manna for those who hunger

for a morsel of equality

on the barren mountain

where

the biting winds of intolerance

blow.

You are

the distinctive fount

that feeds the ever-growing pangs

of the sages

in every age.

Your abode,

ocean's every drop.

You bind the earth and the sky

and rule to relieve

the rusting monotony.


Prologue for Peace

-Prepared Rev. Wesley Yamaka, now of Keizer, OR, for a community commemoration of the anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day, Los Angeles, CA, August 6, 1986

We are the children of the earth
From which we were all created;
Through which we were all nourished;
For which we were all responsible.

We are people in Community,
With those in the past who have nurtured
The flames and vision of peace and justice;

With those in our present who persevere in the
Hope for the continuity of Life;
With those in the future who will, one day,
Celebrate the Oneness of the world.

We are here today because of a dark past whose memories will not let us go;
We are here today because the agonizing cries of a people caught in the
fires of war must never be stilled;

We are here today to say with the people of compassion everywhere,
No more Hiroshimas! No more Nagasakis! No more Hibakushas!#

and so with kindred spirits gathered here and there and everywhere,
remembering a destructive past,
resolving a constructive present,
and seeking a creative future

we say:

LET US TOUCH THE EARTH AND LET US TOUCH ONE ANOTHER,
AND KNOW THAT WE ARE IN SOLIDARITY NOT ONLY WITH
WHERE WE STAND;
AND WITH THOSE WHO ARE AROUND US,
BUT ARE ALSO IN UNITY WITH THOSE WHO, TODAY FALL VICTIMS TO THE
INSTRUMENTS OF WAR AND THE ARROGANCE OF POWER-HUNGARY NATIONS;

Let us touch the earth and let us touch one another,
And know that we possess the gifts and the sources of a Holy Power
With which to create the instruments of Peace and a human place of caring and compassion;

LET US TOUCH THE EARTH AND LET US TOUCH ONE ANOTHER,
AND KNOW THAT WE SHARE ALL ON THIS PLANET A COMMON DESTINY
OVER WHICH WE HAVE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY.

Our credo for Peace was born in choices made for us a long, long time ago,
imbedded in the essence of what it means to be human and
to know that we are called to affirm
Life over Death,
Peace over War,
Creation over Destruction.

LET IT BE SO FOR THIS GENERATION AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME;
LET IT BE THAT WHEN WE TOUCH THE EARTH AND TOUCH ONE ANOTHER,
WE WILL GENERATE, NOT A WAR TO END ALL LIFE,
BUT WILL IGNITE THE SPARK
GIVING BIRTH TO NEW LIFE,
AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROMISES OF PEACE!

#Survivors of the atom bomb

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