|13 Mar 2003 @ 00:51, by Quidnovi|
Francisco de Goya: "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters"
( 1799. From the series Los Caprichos, plate 43. Etching and aquatint. 21.6 x 15.2 cm.)
Manifesto for Preemptive Peace
61 years old
Lifetime educator--teacher, administrator, fund raiser. Blessed in marriage for 37 years, with a son, a daughter, and 3 grandchildren.
Cede not your rights for the sake of security.
Resist all trespass on your soul.
Practice truth, with forgiveness.
Refute death and start all over.
Outwit the dead-end; manifest a miracle.
Believe in the power of whimsy.
Never be young enough to know everything.
Put yourself in the hands of a respectful mind.
Banish "exclusive" from the lexicon.
Argue each source of ignorance and prejudice.
Wrestle with angels, but don't make them weep.
Sit still and let grace amaze.
Breathe out, to breathe in.
Accept the long haul.
Proclaim the justice of food.
Bake the bread of life.
Always make room in the inn.
Remember: You may.
Poets Against the War held an International Day of Poetry Against the War on Wednesday, March 5th. Poets around the world scheduled over 120 readings and/or discussions of poetry and protest for that day, and poets presented copies of 13,000 poems to governments around the world, including in the US, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, and Mexico.