Be the Change You Want to See - a Poem About Peace

Updated on February 28, 2018
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

Be the Change You Want to See
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Be the Change You Want to See

Be the change you want to see,

A better world for you and me.

A place our children can roam free.

Make things how they used to be.


Listen to my worries please,

Who knows what this verse achieves.

For happiness my heart it grieves,

It’s possible, my brain believes.

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Everyone may not agree,

Some like coffee, others tea.

Or climb up in the highest tree,

Beyond the hill, green grass they see.


Please show no animosities

To any race or minorities.

As different as chalk from cheese,

A lone wasp in a swarm of bees.


From grave conflict and strife they flee,

As victims of depravity.

I pray for peace on bended knee,

An end to war, that is my plea.

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        John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Sean, my friend. Thank you so much for appreciating this verse and your generous comment. I love that quote so much too...thank you for sharing it.....I like "common soul" in place of "common goal"..so fitting.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        My dear friend, John ( I am happy we share the same name) thank you from my heart for this poem! It is a masterpiece! Simple like Love is, though, so full of everything, like Light is. I can see a Golden Heart behind those verses, and I am happy that we share much more than a name. My beloved Cat Stevens is an excellent choice too!

        My Gratitude, Admiration and Respect with a small gift. One of the quotes I love to write:

        "The train of Love unites our different lives as it is travelling us to our common Soul" -Sean Dragon

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        John Hansen 5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Li-Jen, for reading another of my poems and for your generous comment. The more writers who spread this message of peace the greater chance of being able to effect change.

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        Li-Jen Hew 5 weeks ago from Malaysia

        Hey Jodah, sweet and touching poem. :) A poem with a kind purpose. You're right, the world is dangerous and needs to change. Your poem does spread the message. Thanks for sharing. :)

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        John Hansen 7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you manatita.

        Peace to you bro.

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        manatita44 7 weeks ago from london

        Nice shout for Peace and tolerance as well as a great rhyming poem. Peace.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Dianna. Maybe the solution is too simple. Everyone expects it to be difficult and they can't see what is obvious.

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        Dianna Mendez 2 months ago

        Beautiful! Such a simple solution to this troubled world.

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        Adam Mason 2 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

        Love the positive vibes John. Great work :)

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        That's a good slogan, Mike. Give Peace a Chance. I feel I have heard that somewhere before.......but we are still asking for it.

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        mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - A good point. We revisit this decade after decade. Give Peace a Chance.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes , Nithya, thank you for reading. The world certainly needs peace above all else.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Cris, thank you for a wonderful comment. Yes, change starts with us and it should be our principle in life. You are the second person who said this should be a rap song lol. Bring it on.

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        Nithya Venkat 2 months ago from Dubai

        Great poem, this world needs peace more than anything else.

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        CrisSp 2 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        In this challenging time, it is always a question whether "peace" can ever be achieved. I personally believed though that it is at all possible and it should by all means start from us, within us and as per this beautiful craft, Be the Change You Want to See. It should be our principle in life, so to unite. After all, it is what we all desire.

        So, peace and love to you John from the clear (but still cold) skies of Toronto. :)

        P.S. Shout out to any good rappers (musicians) out there. Your song is ready. It is here! :)

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading and commenting on this Steve. Much appreciated.

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        Stephen Austen 2 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

        Nice poem john, and especially appreciative of Cat Steven's "Peace Train." Best wishes, Steve.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Rasma. We can only hope and pray. Glad you love the song Peace Train too.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Most inspirational. Let's hope peace comes soon. I love that song.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Larry. I agree. That one rule would fix it all. thanks for reading.

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        Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

        Really enjoyed this.

        Why can't it just be simple. Treat one another how you would want to be treated.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha, Glenis. Never in my wildest dreams have I imagined Will I Am rapping to any of my poems, but now you mentioned it I can. Thanks.

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        GlenR 2 months ago from UK

        In my mind will.i.am is rapping this poem. :)

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Genna, it is always great to see a comment from you. Yes, as with any endeavour it is "the doing" that is important rather than just words. Glad you liked the music too.

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        Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Perfect, John...the stunning words and the music. The solution rests not in the saying...it is in the doing. I loved this. You have the true poet's heart. :-)

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        That is so true Chris. Pity the wishes of the majority is not powerful enough to have that effect of creating peace. There is too much money in war and disharmony it seems.

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        Chris Mills 2 months ago from Missoula, Montana at least until August 2018

        That's the message, John. If the relative few warmongers would get on board with the billions of peace lovers, we could do it. We could all win. Thanks for the uplifting message.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Devika, your thoughtful comments are always appreciated.

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        DDE 2 months ago

        Strong and sensible writing here. A poem filled with the great differences in our world.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        John, your encouraging comments always make me feel that what I write is worthwhile and my message is important. Thank you for reading and the wonderful comment.

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        Faith-Hope-Love 2 months ago

        A great peice of advice contained in good poetry. A lesson in living as we were intended. We can only build anything one piece at a time. Not one of us can single handedly change the world. Nor can anyone change another person. We can only change ourselves. If we want to change our society for the better. We have to be the change. A well taught lesson in memorable fashion. Thanks John. John W

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Gret to see a new name Nikki, thank you for reading this and your more than generous comment about my poetry. Yes, let's all aim for peace and no more wars and make the world a better place.

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        Nikki Khan 2 months ago from London

        Wow,, what an inspiration.Of course, this universe needs peace and love now.No more wars please.Just wonderful poetry.

        You are an awesome poet John, I must admit.

        And thanks for such a precious message.

        God bless you.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Paula, I always appreciate your comments. Take care my American friend :)

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        Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah, Always beautiful. Always inspiring. Thank you, my Australian friend. Paula

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        You express wonderful heartfelt sentiments in your comment, Venkat. I hope for that too. Thanks for reading.

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        Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        A very beautiful message conveyed through your inner most mixed feelings of Hope and Despair for the Humanity.

        Thank you for your concern and good wishes. I hope people will learn from their mistakes and think for Peace and Happiness of their neighbors and the whole world.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Michael. Much appreciated.

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        Michael-Milec 2 months ago

        A poem of silent voice, the desire of every soul.

        Oh, just to gain a power to convert desires into action, to pray, create and live in peace.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Lori, I agree. People often underestimate the power of prayer, but I have seen how it can be very powerful in changing outcomes. Thanks for reading.

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        Lori Colbo 2 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Enjoyed your poem. Your last stanza on prayer reminded me of an old gospel preaching radio show, Their slogan was God is still on the throne and prayer changes things.

        Amen.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        MsDora, yes prayer certainly does help. Thank you so much for your kind comment.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Great to see you, Shauna. Glad you enjoyed the poem and its message. I had to include that song.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you very much, Kristen. I appreciate those generous words.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        thank you, Bill. I always appreciate your encouragement so much. It's hard to be everywhere.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Frank. I hope people listen too.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading, Harish, and for your kind comment.

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        Dora Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Great poem in content and form. Thanks for advocating the bended knee because prayer helps.

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        Shauna L Bowling 2 months ago from Central Florida

        What a timely poem, John! My heart is with every word you penned, my friend. Your choice of music couldn't have been more perfect to punctuate your message.

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        Kristen Howe 2 months ago from Northeast Ohio

        Lovely poem John and righteously said. Beautiful profound rhyming lyrics and excellent symmetry.

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        Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I'm sorry I don't get over to your other site, John! You are a talented writer.

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        Frank Atanacio 2 months ago from Shelton

        Jodah.. your words to God's ears...

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        Harish Mamgain 2 months ago from New Delhi , India

        A beautiful poem with a great message of mutual respect and world peace. I love the rhyming of the poem too.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for that encouraging comment, Chitrangada. I always appreciate you generosity as far as my writing is concerned. Glad you see the value in the message of this poem.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Mary. Yes, many people have to bear terrible suffering and we just have to put it in perspective u=in relation to our own lives.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 2 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Wonderful poem and an important message for everyone!

        You are so good at rhyming, and I loved the theme of this poem too.

        Thanks for sharing this excellent poem!

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        Mary Norton 2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks for this. I often remind myself how much suffering each person carries with him/her. This makes it easy for me to forgive. Besides, I don't anymore want to add to the world's pain.

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        Peace to you John. :)

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Alexander, peace to you too.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Audrey. Your comment alone touches me. Peace.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I know where you are coming from Shyron. I feel for your country, my own, and others. Blessings.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Swalia. Much appreciated.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Linda, thank you for the kind and interesting comment. I totally agree with you, and really, your closing sentence says it all.

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        swalia 2 months ago

        A lovely message...Amen !!!

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        Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago from Texas

        A better world I do not foresee

        Although the change I try to be

        The only change I seem to see is in me

        But, don’t you see

        I cannot change the leaders of my country and me

        They threaten the honesty in me.

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        Blessings John, great poem.

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        Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Well said, Jodah. This message should be on the lips of all humanity. I will gladly pass this on.

        May you touch the lives of all who meet you by the very force of your spirit and love.

        Audrey

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        Alexander James Guckenberger 2 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

        AUM shanti shanti shanti

        AMEN peace peace peace

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        Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Jodah, this is short but sweet, and so to the point. I wonder if our world has always been in such turmoil? Has there always been so much adversity, or is it that the "blessing" of being instantly inter-connected has just made us more aware of what is happening not just at home but on a global level?

        I have numerous friends with whom I don't agree politically. (Here is the U.S. are HUGE divisions). I choose to not discuss politics with them. Maybe that's sticking my head in the sand, but why argue on a point(s) on which I know that I will not change their minds, nor will they mine?

        If we could all just agree to disagree and just love one another. "What a wonderful world it would be."

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