12,192 bombs were not enough last year
We just sent 59 more
While refugees running to our arms
A closed door
A killing machine
Cannot teach life
About the poem:
I am grieving of the news that the US bombed Syria in an escalation of the existing conflict, bringing us further into what must be called war. I remember when we went to war with Iraq. I was talking with my mom and I said, Well, I guess some good may come of it. And she said emphatically, No, it won’t. It never does. I agree with her now.
I do not believe that violence solves violence. I may be wrong. But, I believe in what Martin Luther King said:
I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Price Lecture, 1964
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