I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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20 October 2014


A friend on facebook posts
a picture of a ‘flag of peace’, sharing it
from a site called ‘Imagine
Peace’. The caption
says, ‘Fly the flag
of peace’ — and I want it to be
a signpost, pointing
in a single direction, not a
flag waving in the breeze according to
whatever wind is
prevailing at the time, in
whatever place the flag is
planted. But I am wrong of course: you have
to be wrong if you object
to a flag of peace; we should all
be grasping it, waving it, fair
in the faces of
any old war-monger out there. Only I
wanted clear direction, and
there isn’t one really, except
I suppose, not to
fly flags
of war.

31 Poems in 31 Days (Poewar / Writer's Resource Centre). Prompt: Use lines of varying length, either end-stopped or enjambed. As I usually end-stop, I decided to try enjambment.


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    2. Wonderful sentiments Rosemary! Keep that Vision of a better tomorrow flying in the face of those who would deny us.


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