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Why is Peace a Pipe Dream? ~ a Poem

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

Love, Not War: Image by Annette Jones from Pixabay

Love, Not War: Image by Annette Jones from Pixabay

Most People Choose Peace

It frustrates me that the world seems continually consumed by war and other types of conflict. Am I wrong in the assumption that most people seek peace? Or is it to the benefit of governments and powermongers to keep us in a state of turmoil?

If we did a worldwide survey involving a diverse demographic of people from every country, I am sure that the overwhelming majority would vote for global peace as opposed to war and unrest.

There are so many throwaway lines like the power of the people, the majority rules or make love, not war. But, it seems the people never actually get a say, they just do what they are told is the best for their country, and their patriotic duty.

They have the guns, we have the poets. Therefore, we will win.

— Howard Zinn

Why is Peace a Pipe Dream?

Why is peace a pipe dream,
something we can’t achieve?
Most people don’t seek conflict,
or is that just make-believe?

Perhaps unrest is what some crave
because they’re bored with life.
They need to feel important
so they wield a gun or knife.

But overall, most just want love,
and to lead a life that’s calm.
To have a happy family,
and to keep them safe from harm.

War or Peace? You choose: Image by Alexa from Pixabay

War or Peace? You choose: Image by Alexa from Pixabay

As Tolstoy wrote, it’s ‘War and Peace,’
let’s all choose between the two.
I will cast my vote for ‘Peace,’
what you choose is up to you.

People are not naturally cruel,
they respect their fellow man.
We must promote this attitude
in every way we can.

But governments of countries,
and those controlled by greed
are the real warmongers.
Unhindered power's their creed.

How come we can invent better ways to kill each other, but not one to preserve peace!

— Abhijit Naskar

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Image by Stefan Keller from

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