For Jo Cox (1974 - 2016)



PEACING PEOPLE TOGETHER





Estimated female, what is your legacy



What footprint will you leave?



Inhumanity took your life



Humanity saved your friend’s life.





Devoted to a thing - to a cause - to the abstract



Those who divide seek to conquer by default:



Beguiled by propositions, power and aggrandisement



They conspire to rip us apart with violence





We must create our own path, our own future



And choose how we respond:



Never presume anything about a stranger



There will be no resolution until there are no strangers.





There is brilliance in humanity - to who we really are



If we comfort each other and call out our names:



She came through the darkness to tend my wounds



He held my hand and I felt the life he gave me.





For those who were still alive, in that indescribable hell



There was a soft oh so beautiful female voice



That bid us to a greater unity and a stern commanding



Male voice that said: ‘There is a lot to do’.





But for some their purpose is fulfilled



‘I cannot get up, it hurts too much’:



I knew then that nothing would ever be the same



That from that point I had a purpose.





And our words can make a difference:



It’s all we have in the darkness



And people called together



Learn through working together.





Be aware of our thoughts



Know that words are powerful:



Making a Difference for Peace



We are a lot more than we give ourselves credit for.






Hold firm to renewed unity



Stop thinking about us and the opposed others:



Anger is a motivation for change



Peace is not a noun it is a verb.





Children need to be taught to make peace



By peacing things together:



It is something we must do



There is a common thread.





There are models of humanity that roam among us



And they called me to their ranks:



On a pilgrimage that saves us from bitterness



I take the path of unconditional acceptance.





In the prospect of our children’s lives



I opt to believe in beauty and love:



Committed to the contributing journey:



Peacing together the worst and best.








NOTE





[I am heavily indebted to Dr Gill Hicks here for her words – a heroine who lives on to make a
difference]



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