40. Barbara Kaufmann--Could Use a Little Help Here, Humanity!

40. Barbara Kaufmann--Could Use a Little Help Here, Humanity!

 

Don't you find it curious
that we humans
have all these images
for war
but for Peace...
not so many.

When I say "war"
what symbols do you see?
What images emerge
from the back of your mind?
The dark of your consciousness?
The shadow of human experience?
What "lives" in the collective?

"War."

Humvees
tanks
convoys
rifles
AK 47s
grenades
rocket launchers
soldiers
land mines
airplanes
black smoke
bayonets
laser scopes
helmets
camouflage
John Wayne
deserts
jungles
This list could
go on and on...
fill the whole page

'till it stops at
flag draped coffins.

But I ask you
how many instruments
of Peace?
The symbols
of Peace...
What are they?
Where are they?
Who are they?

Gandhi.
Two fingers up.
An olive branch.
Dove.
A circle bisected by
an inverted, fallen
cross.
And...

 

 

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