20 September 2016

Something to do with Equality



Logo of the International Day of Peace organization


On the International Day of Peace
consider the Autumnal Equinox
that follows in the Northern Hemisphere:

Between half years of traded dominance
and submission—one waxing while one wanes—
earth’s Night and Day are equal twice a year

Thus earth's tilt alters Night and Day as moon
affects the ocean tides, certain and sure
despite disturbing storms and eclipses.

And some say opposites like war and peace
follow nature’s patterns of power pull
and push, and thus are inevitable.

But some say violence is like those storms
on earth and sun that knock out natural
patterns of give and take among equals.

That we can use a few hours of truce
to study human ignorance and to
control  the storms that threaten lives and food.

That it's hard enough to face global tides
               we have to tame to keep our earth alive.
               (These are the people who can help us thrive.)





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© 2016 Susan L. Chast


16 comments:

Old Egg said...

If it were human ignorance it would not be so bad but sadly it is living only for the day and not considering or caring about the conseqence of their greed becuase it won't affect them personally. Sadly humans are the cruelest animal not even caring for their own species. However poets do give voice to such concerns and thankyou for that.

Gillena Cox said...

Humans can hone in to the nature's whimsies and learn a lot for living wisely, indeed

Thanks for an interesting prompt Susan

much love...

Anonymous said...

few hours of truce
to study human ignorance and to
control the storms that threaten lives and food.
... wouldn't that be a good beginning. Timely poem Susan. We all need to call out for peace and equality.

Sumana Roy said...

perpetrators of violence(read the politicians & gun makers) have decided to stuff cotton into their ear holes and do what they love doing...ugh...how i wish this poem reaches as many readers as possible...

Purba chakraborty said...

A beautiful, thought provoking poem, Susan. I loved the way you concluded the poem with a positive message.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Oh! This is absolutely deep and profound! Especially in awe of "And some say opposites like war and truce follow nature’s patterns of power pull and push, and thus are inevitable." Beautifully penned.

Lots of love,
Sanaa

Jae Rose said...

I am not sure what is the right way to express balance or peace.. Perhaps at times silence and a sense of all things being equal is what we can all hope for - it would be good indeed

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

There are far too few hours of truce in our warring world. Would that there were permanent peace.

Anonymous said...

Spectacular message for the day

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this visionary response to the prompt......the global storms that may just force us to learn to work together. Great message.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is a poem of vision....the global and man made storms creating a need for reflection on balance and how to work together....a great message.

Mary said...

My goodness, what profound thoughts here. So many excellent uses of opposites: night & day; war & peace; and so many analogies that really make sense for our time!

Truedessa said...

If we could have balance but one day in the world we might know a small moment of peace. This reads like a vision with powerful messages. Words from a sage or a wise muse!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I wonder if we'll ever truly learn from Nature... It seems that we copy the horrors, but rarely are good enough at the art of following in the steps of the beauty. At least, not in the same scales. We need balance. And soon.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A deeply thoughtful piece. I like the layout, seeming to suggest the regular movement of the seasons.

Intelliblog said...

I gently swayed as I followed the visual weave of your verses, Susan. I like the allegory you've used. If only we could, like the seasons, pause twice a year and consider all that we have done and alter our behaviour... How many wars would stop and how much violence would be halted...