Just Once

This poem is about finding peace and unity in a world of conflict and division. It was written using couplets.

You’re on your island and I’m on mine
And bodies and walls our limits define
My ideas and traits are not quite like yours
And each of us finds things that he deplores
We cannot see what makes us the same
So we both take turns throwing the blame
I blame you for doing what you can
To have it your way and ruin my plan
And you blame me for being too strict
For wanting a future that I can predict
But we are not alone in being alone
This world of conflict we haven’t outgrown
The world teaches us that we should compete
And that winning is how we make our life sweet
But, just once, can we look for find a win-win
And then, perhaps tomorrow, try it again
For I cannot stand to be on one side
While differences only serve to divide
And I cannot see a future to hope for
While each of us lives behind a locked door
Maybe, just once, we can lay down our swords
And learn whether peace has any rewards
For we have been fighting age after age
And I feel that it’s time to turn a new page
I cannot run from our conflicts or hide
And I will not rest till I’m on your side
For if we try to find a new way
To bring peace to the world today
We’ll never forget what we have tried
And we’ll no longer be stuck just on one side
And the memory of peace will grow in our mind
Until it reaches out to all of mankind
And the whole world will learn, from our small test
That peace can spread north, south, east, and west

(written c. September 2014)

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