Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu

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To Peace - Poem by Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu

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.

Comments about To Peace by Dr. Tulsi Hanumanthu

  • (12/28/2015 9:01:00 PM)

    '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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  • (2/3/2009 10:49:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • (1/13/2009 9:28:00 PM)

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

  • (1/13/2009 8:45:00 PM)

    An exemplary sonnet roping in high Ideals! (Report) Reply

  • (1/13/2009 3:21:00 AM)

    This poem is like a lighthouse to those who embark on a voyage to PEACE! (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2009 8:44:00 PM)

    One of the best sonnets I have ever read! (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2009 4:03:00 AM)

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

  • (1/8/2009 3:26:00 AM)

    Great work! This poem truly deserves a very high ranking. (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2009 1:24:00 AM)

    A superb sonnet, perfect in every way! (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2009 12:57:00 AM)

    You are indeed a master of metrical verse (Report) Reply

  • (1/7/2009 4:29:00 AM)

    An excellent companion to your other two Peace poems! (Report) Reply

  • (1/7/2009 3:26:00 AM)

    A lovely poem again! All your 'Peace' poems are inspiring ones, with lofty ideals! (Report) Reply

  • (12/26/2008 8:40:00 AM)

    peace will continue to evade us so long as we aren't prepared to sacrifice... (Report) Reply

  • (12/26/2008 7:13:00 AM)

    Indeed..These words of revelation..lifting emotions..

    We must place, one by one, successively,
    The rarest things at your holy alter-
    These beig Love, Sacrifice, Selflessness,
    Compassion, Contentment and Generousness. - truly I agree...

    Thanks for sharing! It's beautiful!
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  • (12/26/2008 3:17:00 AM)

    People today really need PEACE..rather VIOLENCE
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  • (12/25/2008 10:57:00 PM)

    On this particular poetic site, and on a few others as well, it is a rare pleasure to read such a wonderfully written and evocative Shakespearian Sonnet as this, Dr.
    Tulsi. Once again, your theme is peace and this beautiful sonnet offers a very logical argument for it's value to humankind. I especially liked your final verse (although the final two lines were not separated as they usually are) for it is quite eloquent not only in it's words, but in the thoughts behind those words. Carl.
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  • (12/25/2008 9:49:00 PM)

    This was good I thought, as it reflected on life today as we all unfortuatly know it, and know and want peace more than anything, and sometimes the price we must pay for it, is a sacrafice within itself! ! Very insightfull and penned with much wisdom...

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  • (12/24/2008 7:20:00 AM)

    Peace we want to achieve to this world full of turmoil..nice theme Dr. Tulsi (Report) Reply

  • C. P. Sharma (12/24/2008 4:02:00 AM)

    You write in a dignified manner. Thank you for sharing it.
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  • Maia Padua (12/23/2008 8:19:00 AM)

    as usual....great piece...appealing for universal peace...(for me) i guess PEACE don't want to evasive. If it can just talk...It would return the question to us....'How can i be the real me..if you're not helping me...you hold the rein' My name is PEACE...and its how i want to be...if i could only choose by myself'...
    10+++++++ and a vote...
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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 7, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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