Treasure Island

Michael Shepherd

(8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! An angry poem about peace


This is an angry poem.
About those weasel phrases
which blow like paper in the street
going nowhere,
hiding truth,
helping us to
deceive ourselves.

'The pee-yus pro-sayus' -
say it in the Irish voice
of obscurantist politicians
often enough
and we'll accept it as a term,
and believe that it needs hard work
and forward planning
and careful progress
and compromise
and agreements
and initiatives
and 'generous' concessions
and declarations of intention
and cautious examination
of opponents' motives
in the 'battle' for peace
and coming together
to establish differences...

Peace
is what is eternally there
when war and strife is absent.
Eternally.

I can't remember Christ
(was he Catholic or Protestant? I just can't remember...)
saying
'Peace process be unto you'...
uh, when would that be? ...
or commanding the waves of the Sea of Galilee
'Engage in the peace process - be still'...
somehow it just doesn't seem to carry weight
as a blessing or a do-it-now...
'Go in process towards peace, my child...'

I wonder why that is.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Edited: Sunday, October 04, 2009

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  • Alison Cassidy (1/16/2010 4:52:00 PM)

    Michael, you should meet Don Watson. He is an Australia author, former speech writer for Paul Keating and passionate tender of verbs, those sturdy stumps that support the house of truth. Actually when I first saw your title, I thought of Jerry and your very apt description of him as the 'belligerent pacifist'. It's' good to see that he's not alone in his quest for what is right - or perhaps I should say - left. You use ridicule quite magnificently, Michael. Da Pacem Domine. Love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Beauty Philosophy (8/29/2009 7:57:00 AM)

    A strong poem voicing a strong message to all people who pay just lip service to the peace cause...I invite you to read my poem 'Inner, Outer peace ', a sequel to yours to a certain extent... (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (8/22/2008 5:30:00 AM)

    A very strong text to cite from the scriptures - Christ saying 'peace process be unto you ' brings your argument right home Michael, as it ridiculous in the extreme. Very well said, the whole piece. (Report) Reply

  • Bob Blackwell (5/11/2008 11:18:00 AM)

    Peace today is usually to the benefit of only one side of a religious argument. such a pity they don; t dropp their beliefs and just hug each other. Well said Michael. Bob (Report) Reply

  • Greenwolfe 1962 (1/20/2008 1:14:00 PM)

    I've only read a few of your writings, but of those I have read;
    I have found them interesting from a philosophical standpoint.
    That seems to overwhelm your writing. I'll definitely come
    again. I'm curious about your other writings but mostly about
    you.

    Greenwolfe 1962 (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (1/9/2008 10:43:00 PM)

    Very interesting construct. The term, 'peace process' objectifies and externalizes peace. This denies the fundamental reality that peace must be created from the inside out not the other way around. (Report) Reply

  • Yvette Smith (11/5/2007 11:03:00 AM)

    The irony of war and religion and peace as a political debate which should be

    apolitical and yet..... (Report) Reply

  • Nalini Hebbar (7/3/2006 7:47:00 AM)

    of all the sins the christians beleive in and all the sins the hindus acknowledge...terrorism is the worst...all the rest effect only us...only terrorism effects the innocent neighbourhood newborn...nalini (Report) Reply

  • Raynette Eitel (4/6/2005 9:43:00 AM)

    This poem oozes irony along with the anger. The references to Christ's offering of peace are the right touch. Nice! (Report) Reply

  • Janice M Pickett (3/25/2005 1:45:00 PM)

    Excellent piece of writing Michael. I think it is worth a ten but then someone has given you a one...That will make my ten look like ? ? ? anyway.
    You deserve it so here it is.

    Hugs
    Jan (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (3/17/2005 4:49:00 AM)

    Don't forget, Michael, we are all searching for a cure and for peace and prosperity.
    It is all just around the corner, all it needs is your open wallet and a bit of faith.
    I liked this very much. But they won't.
    H (Report) Reply

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