Peace Elusive

Is lasting global peace an intangible imagination

Has it escaped from the grace of earnest promise.

Does it fall through outstretched hands as porous sand

And now assume the solitude of illusion’s barren frame.

Will children forever be ensnared by its anguish deep

And widows wear the sackcloth of ritual lamentation

Over the fatal disintegration of treasured family bonds,

While fatigued fathers curse the endurance of combat.

Will we constantly live with the presence and news of wars

Where the presence of tranquility simply disintegrates into

The strife of bombardment and the barrage of conflict, to

Eclipse the sincere hope of reassuring and lasting concord.

Will the chapters of existence, but only hence sadly recite, the

Steady accompaniment of tragedy and death with hostilities,

As the frequency of catastrophic battle adopts the constancy of time

That all then lie conquered under the flag of helpless surrender.

Has humanity failed in its obligation to avert this course

And will limb, life and blood line the paths to no escape

Where there is no refuge from the ghoulish nightmares

That torture the captive and the apparent free likewise.

Slumber not, ye responsibility of humanity, amid the carnage

Allowing battle’s transgression to perpetuate its will, till harmony

In capitulation hath no recourse, when all cataclysmic occurs

Living none to truly attend to the reconciliation of harmony.

YemilBenjoy ©

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