The first community collaboration at Poets for Peace – We’re Having a Party! ~ A Renga Party! – has concluded, and my couplet was chosen as the final verse. This has been a fun exercise, and I look forward to future collaborations.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/15/2017)
We challenge you as Poets to use your words in the interest of peace.
Make your poems instruments of change in the world, a change toward universal peace. If you would use your words to cut, let it be with surgical precision that you use to cut out the cancer of hate.
Use your words as torches, not to burn down, but to light the way.
If you would use your words as bricks, use them not to hurl at one another, but lay them on the ground carefully from end to end to pave a road so that those behind you know the right direction and have an easier time getting to where you are.
Use them to build bridges not walls, schools and not prisons, homes and not homeless shelters.
If you must use your words as weapons…
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