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Hall of Universal Peace

This midnight bids farewell to parting year
Who then, on chariot Time, his seat vacates.
The New Year succeeds him as Charioteer:
To drive us on, he's waiting at our gates.

But OURS the choice of paths and destinations:
The Charioteer obeys but our instructions.
We must, to reach the most coveted station
Of PEACE, choose well-lit roads sans obstructions.

Such routes are those of Friendship, Love, Compassion,
Justice, Pardon, Truth and Selflessness.
The dingy lanes of Greed, Envy, Passion,
And Conflict lead to woe and sleeplessness.

Let's ask the New Year, within time minimal
To drive us to a common rendezvous.
Let's there construct the Hall of Universal
Peace, each person laying a brick or two.

Let it have Equality-spelling shape -
The rotund one that God has given the world.
Its doors with COLOURLESS curtains let us drape
And let a HUELESS flag be unfurled.

Every year, let's add a storey more;
Let its height increase step by step
Till, at last, the threshold of its door
Is face to face with our Heaven's doorstep.

This Heaven-on-Earth - man's own creation -
Who helps to build of his own volition,
Won't he find, after life's duration,
Into Heaven above sure admission?

Submitted: Friday, December 19, 2008
Edited: Saturday, December 03, 2011

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  • Hema Ravi (1/4/2013 1:24:00 AM)

    Peace and piety needed amidst all odds!

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  • Savita Tyagi (12/31/2012 9:24:00 AM)

    Most beautiful poetic expressions to inspire all to work towards peace. Let us all pray for it in this coming year. Thank you for sharing.

  • Tony Karas (12/31/2012 6:12:00 AM)

    Totally excellent. A potent dream. May it one day see fruition.

  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (10/31/2009 2:36:00 PM)

    ‘…We must, to reach the most coveted station // Of PEACE, choose well-lit roads sans obstructions….’

    Let it be Life’s pledge not NY’s one only.
    Ms. Nivedita

    Please read / comment on my poems:
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  • Ivan Churchill (1/13/2009 9:11:00 PM)

    May your dream of Peace materialise in the not too distant a future!

  • Jan Shepherd (1/13/2009 8:32:00 PM)

    A most inspiring poem which everyone should read in order to help construct your 'Hall of Universal Peace'!

  • Katy Sessor (1/13/2009 3:14:00 AM)

    Each line is evidence of your marvellous poetic talent!

  • Kala (1/11/2009 8:38:00 PM)

    Thanks for inviting us to 'lay a brick or two' for constructing the 'Hall of Universal Peace'. I for one, am eager to do this. Wonderful poem!

  • Bobby Blakewell (1/10/2009 11:04:00 PM)

    Undoubtedly, both inspirational and inspiring poem!

  • Carl Collins (1/8/2009 3:47:00 AM)

    Your poem is a beautiful boon to mankind, coming just when most needed. I fervently hope your dream of PEACE will materialise one day - though it may not be in the immediate future.

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