Poem for the International Day of Peace
“International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by resolution 36/37, the United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Furthering the Day’s mission, the General Assembly voted unanimously in 2001 to adopt resolution 55/282 establishing 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease- fire.”
By John Kaufman
If war can be shed, if we can agree
to remove the uniform
for a day or an hour or even
a minute then whatever we said
we heroically wore unravels
as when one pulls a loose thread.
Because war is a shirt
stitched tight like a chain,
each building upon the other one’s pain,
someone must risk
letting go of the link, just one
can, barehanded, begin.