To Peace Poem by Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu

To Peace

Rating: 5.0

To Peace (Shakespearan Sonnet)

O Peace! For ages haven't we invoked
Your grace by chanting your name ceaselessly?
We're sorely tired; our voices are choked:
Must you still evade us mercilessly?

What will you accept as our libation?
In vain we've offered you, at various stages,
Of Faith and Hope a sweet distillation.
'Labour' too failed to win you as 'wages'.

Ah! You're too precious to be won cheaply!
For you costlier things we need to barter.
We must place, one by one, successively,
The rarest things at your holy alter-
These being Love, Sacrifice, Selflessness,
Compassion, Contentment and Generousness.

Dennis Tan 08 January 2009

A superb sonnet, perfect in every way!

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Crista Keith 08 January 2009

Great work! This poem truly deserves a very high ranking.

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Carl Collins 08 January 2009

Your words are so true! Yes, we must strive to regain all the values we had mislaid sometime, somewhere, along our life's journey.

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Kala 11 January 2009

One of the best sonnets I have ever read!

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Malini Kadir 07 April 2008

A Poetic wreathe to peace! good job!

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A. Madhavan 28 December 2015

'Holy alter' is a new coinage. Perhaps 'altar' is more apt for the pious in a Church. Would you, as Editor, select a poem of mine for your literary journal, I wonder.

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Ben Gieske 03 February 2009

Your poem rings so true. So many things go into achieving peace. It is not simply given to us, but we must regard as something precious and worth purchasing with our efforts and sacrifices.

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Ivan Churchill 13 January 2009

As you have rightly said, toil alone will not suffice to win PEACE. We will have to make several sacrifices too.

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Jan Shepherd 13 January 2009

An exemplary sonnet roping in high Ideals!

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Katy Sessor 13 January 2009

This poem is like a lighthouse to those who embark on a voyage to PEACE!

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