Wednesday, June 20, 2007

something to do to help stop this war

Cameron Penny, a 12 year old poet from Michigan, wrote this and then read it at a meet-up of Poets Against the War in New York City.

If you are lucky in this life
A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies
And when the soldiers look into the window
They don’t see their enemies
They see themselves as children
And they stop fighting
And go home and go to sleep
When they wake up, the land is well again.

What a beautiful dream that is. As another means of stopping the fighting, Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith, writing for The Nation, suggest a monthly Iraq Moratorium Day, an adjunct to the periodic anti-war gatherings in this country where so many are opposed to what's happening in Iraq.

I remember the Vietnam War moratorium days when I was a baby activist. This is something we can all do, every 3d Thursday beginning September 21. Call congress, email the Whitehouse, rabblerouse, speak up, practice patriotism. Doing something is far better than doing nothing, and it just might help.

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Blogger Jimmy Higgins said...


Hell of a poem, innit? The wording in the Brecher/Smith article left me unclear as to whether Cmaeron Penny read his own poem at that gathering or if someone else read it, but the impact is the same.

And thanks for the plug for the Iraq Moratorium. Up less than two days and with word spreading largely through blogs like this one, the Iraq Moratorium Day website you link to has impelled over 400 people to pledge to break their daily routines and take some action against the war on September 21 and following Third Fridays.

Things are starting to move...

June 20, 2007 2:30 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Would that our Administration could have the wisdom of a twelve year old child, even if only for a day.

June 20, 2007 11:24 PM  

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