For Jo Cox (1974 - 2016)
May 28, 2019
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.
[I am heavily indebted to Dr Gill Hicks here for her words – a heroine who lives on to make a