Gregory (gshaw57) Upshaw

(1957 / Wichita, Kansas)

Elegance of Peace

Worn torn cities—inner city violence
Death, sorrow and misery
Feelings of discontent
Conceptualize with malcontent—

Atom bombs, nuclear holocaust
Peacemakers of the world
Man-made instrumentation of peace—

So where is the diplomacy in that?
Does it really exist—Hell No!

We speak of peace
With total annihilation
Maybe, because peace/violence
Are mirror twins of each other
Like good and evil—there is no existence without the other—

So is this the elegance of peace— that we speak of?
The peace that we envision for our children
Our ancestors created this fallacy of peace—

This ignorance of peace—created out of fear
The fear that has been nurture
Through centuries of embattlement
For the elegance of peace
The true embodiment of peace
Should not give way to mass-destruction—

Reconstruction of the mind
For the elegance of peace
Is harvested within our minds
Not within our technology—or weapons of destruction—

For Peace has been raped
Violated and reduced
To the ignorance of global insanity
This is our Elegance of Peace

Written by
Gregory E Upshaw

Submitted: Friday, January 23, 2009

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Elegance of Peace by Gregory (gshaw57) Upshaw )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley Updates

New Poems

  1. I am yours forever, gajanan mishra
  2. सिनायमोनि आंनि सिमांनि रजे, Bahadur Basumatary
  3. Wildly Into The Night, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. Drunk poetry, Christian Lacdael
  5. Opportunities, Christian Lacdael
  6. COPLA 68 INVOCATION: This Bad Guy World, T (no first name) Wignesan
  7. Yes I Do, Lalit Kaira
  8. Wooden Footprints, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. New Migration Equilibriums Time Shift Es.., Terence G. Craddock
  10. bonnie to your clyde, Mandolyn ...

Poem of the Day

poet Edmund Spenser

Of this worlds theatre in which we stay,
My love like the spectator ydly sits
Beholding me that all the pageants play,
Disguysing diversly my troubled wits.
...... Read complete »

[Hata Bildir]