A Ritual for Peace

If there were ever worthier cause than this,
then tell me please. To start and think how each
and every step we take will mark the ground.
Enduring footprints, howsoever small,
one day will rise in thousands, coalesce
into a hardened monument, that stands

… forever irresistible to all.

Each bastion will strengthen a resolve,
exposing the futility of war;
the rape of Mother Earth. To save her soul,
repeat again, unquestioning, the need
for all to find another way … for all;
and seek new social order; politic.

And might this be our greatest ever quest
that every day we do or be our best

ensuring love and kindness finds a place
in every breath we take, that gives us grace

to reconcile conflicting minds and cease
the fighting; search for everlasting peace.

© 2016 John N Anstie

This poem was first published in the October 2016 edition of the The BeZine, whose theme for the month was ‘Rituals for Peace, Healing and Unity’.
This poem is written in Blank Verse, concluding with three rhyming couplets. 

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About PoetJanstie

As a young man, John was fit and sporting. Playing Rugby Union for over twenty years, encouraged in the early days by a school that was run on the same lines as Gordonstoun, giving shape and discipline to a sometimes precarious early life. This fitness was enhanced by working part time jobs in farming, as a leather factory packer and security guard, but probably not helped, for a short time, by selling ice cream! His professional working life was spent as a Metallurgical Engineer, Marketing Manager, Export Sales Manager, Implementation Manager and Managing Director of his own company. Thirty five years spent, apparently in a creative desert, raising a family and pursuing a career, probably enriched his experience, because his renaissance, on retirement, realised a hidden creative talent as a blogger and poet. He also enjoys music, with a piano and a forty-five year old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar. He sings bass in three singing groups: as a founding member of a mixed voice chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices; a member of one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Hallmark of Harmony (the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club) and a mixed barbershop quartet, Needle & Fred. He is also a would be (once upon a time) photographer with drawers full of his own history, and an occasional, but lapsed 'film' maker. In his other life, he doubles as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend and Family man. What he writes is autobiographical and very often pins his colours to the mast. In 2013, he completed an anthology of the poetry (including his own) of an international group of nine poets, who met on Twitter. He produced, edited and steered the product of this work, "Petrichor Rising", to publication by Aquillrelle.
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4 Responses to A Ritual for Peace

  1. eden baylee says:

    Sorry I’m late John. I’ve missed your poetry and this was beautiful one for the occasion. I like the odd flow and the rhymes at the end. Often, I get hung up on poetry construction, but the more I write of it (wrote one for the first time in ages!), the more I realize it does not need a smooth transition from one line to the next.

    I know I hear the stanzas read a certain way, and others will hear it differently. Now, I concentrate on the text and how its meaning drives the poem. Although construction is still important, I give it less importance.

    xo
    eden

    Liked by 1 person

    • PoetJanstie says:

      Yes, the words are always the most important thing. This whole piece is written in one of my favourite forms, Blank Verse (in iambic pentameter without obvious rhyme), in which Shakespeare wrote all his plays. The three rhyming couplets to finish it just arrived almost incidentally as I was writing it. I think it works.

      Thanks for dropping by, not that there’s been much to drop in for over the past year or so. 🙂

      Like

  2. Jo-Anne Teal says:

    John, you have a talent for expressing a depth and strength of feeling for the universal and the individual. Thank you for sharing this piece that shines hopeful on our day of remembrance.

    Liked by 1 person

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