I have been saddened, sickened, worried about the acts of war erupting around the world.
I have been immobilized by my fear, traumatized by my worry, sickened by my helplessness.
I have been consumed by my belief, there is nothing I can do, and my spiralling thoughts of how does this leave the world a better place for my daughters and their children yet to be born.
How does war create peace?
For every bullet that pierces a mother’s child’s body, a seed of rage, anger, regret and loss is sown within the hearts of all humankind.
Where does war end and peace begin?
How do arms held out in battle become arms outstretched in compassion for one another?
Can I find compassion for the warriors and the peace-makers? Can they co-exist on the battlefields of hatred, fear, judgement? Can they find common ground beyond the boundaries of their distrust of one another? Their belief in the righteousness of their cause versus the others?
I have been wrestling with these thoughts for many moons now. Struggling to find calm in the onslaught of violence that erupts everyday from newspaper headlines written in ink bleeding across reams of words claiming the righteousness of our right to carry arms against their wrongful doing.
Where is the right and wrong of war when no matter what side of the battlefield you stand upon, lives are lost, families are torn apart and young men, and now women, carry weapons of mass destruction rendering peace unassailable?
Where is the peace in war?
And so I write. I paint. I create.
I move into that space where loving acceptance of what is consumes me and I become conscious of my capacity to create peace in my world, to light up my world with loving kindness and compassion.
Haiku For Peace
©2014 Louise Gallagher
Dawn stalks night’s passage
a morning bird sings hopefully
the new day will awaken.
Night mourns day’s passing
calling for peace to rise up
bombs light up the sky.
Bullets pierce flesh
death falls indiscriminately
mothers cry together.
The morning bird calls
the light of day to awaken
a bud of hope opens.