Poetry Shelf Monday Poem: Paula Green’s ‘Peace’

Peace

(after John Lennon and Yoko Ono)

Can we still give peace a chance?
Can we walk to the end of our home road
and give peace a chance?
Can we teach our children to give
peace a chance?
Can we swim in wild oceans
to give peace a chance?
Can we feed the hungry and nurse
the sick to give peace a chance?
Can we share wealth and knowledge
to give peace a chance?
Can we stand on mountain tops and breathe in clean air
to give peace a chance?

Can we sign petitions and sing songs
to give peace a chance?
Can we love our neighbours
to give peace a chance?
Can we listen harder and hold hands
to give peace a chance?
Can we place sixties flowers on millennium borders
to give peace a chance?
Can we praise good leaders
to give peace a chance?

Can we plant our gardens
to give peace a chance?
Can we refuse supremacy
to give peace a chance?
Can we call out greed and ignorance
to give peace a chance?
Can we teach our hearts
to give peace a chance?
Can we stand together
to give peace a chance?
Can we stand strong together
to give peace a chance?
Can we stand strong and creative together
to give peace a chance?
Can we stand strong and creative and live together
to give peace a chance?


Can we still give peace a chance?
Can we still give peace a chance?
Can we still give peace a chance?
Can we still give peace a chance?

Paula Green

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