Waging Peace

The BeZine has moved to a quarterly format this year and the first issue is now available. This quarter’s ‘theme’ is Waging Peace, about Peace, Immigration and (anti) Gun Violence. There are lots of good reads in this one, with 58 pieces by 30 contributors!

One of my contributions to this quarter’s issue is an older post, but unfortunately still just as relevant today. So, if you’ve got some free time and are in a mood to read some hefty pieces by a stellar group of talented writers, dive in!

~ No Peace Piece ~

Birthed in the minds of power-mad men,
Forged in the mouth of a dark thundercloud,
My sole purpose to kill,
I make murder a thrill;
The cause of many
A burial shroud.

A tool of war-mongers and lovers, alike,
Eat bullets, spit fire, life snatched in a flash.
Life of violence,
Ringing silence,
Endless echoes left,
Bereft and shrieking,
After the crash.

Image borrowed from globalwealthprotection.com

Were I not here, you’d find another way,
To kill each other, one by one,
Each day.
Death-bringer, me.
“Equalizer”, I be.
Men, women, children…
None are safe from The Gun.

~ C.L.R. ~ © 2013

About dragonkatet

Regarding the blog name, Dragon’s Dreams ~ The name comes from my love-affairs with both Dragons and Dreams (capital Ds). It’s another extension of who I am, a facet for expression; a place and way to reach other like-minded, creative individuals. I post poetry and images that fascinate or move me, because that’s my favorite way to view the world. I post about things important to me and the world in which we live, try to champion extra important political, societal and environmental issues, etc. Sometimes I wax philosophical, because it’s also a place where I always seem to learn about myself, too, by interacting with some of the brightest minds, souls and hearts out there. It’s all about ‘connection(s)’ and I don’t mean “net-working” with people for personal gain, but rather, the expansion of the 4 L’s: Light, Love, Laughter, Learning.
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4 Responses to Waging Peace

  1. Stunningly brutal Corina, this poem has stopped me in my tracks. I’m so grateful that we aren’t allowed to bear arms in the UK ~ but our government is still schmoozing and trading arms to oppressive regimes in an endless cycle of war and terrorism. Where and when will it all end? The image you’ve included did make me smile, though. ❤

  2. dragonkatet says:

    Thanks, Jacqueline. I think the US could learn a lot from other countries and how they handle guns and gun ownership. Americans will never give up their guns voluntarily. The NRA will see to making sure that the 2nd Amendment of our constitution keeps all the gun manufacturers in business and all the school children and victims of mass shootings dead. If any of us “Yanks” want to get away from the gun madness, we have to ex-patriate. It’s absolutely crazy here.

  3. Jo Bryant says:

    I have never understood the American obsession with guns. I hate the things. Thank goodness we do not allow just anyone to own a gun here, nor walk around with the damn things.

  4. dragonkatet says:

    The NRA is an extremely powerful lobbying force here, and so is our Military Industrial Complex. They both fan the flames of fear and hatred to stay relevant and boost their profits. America’s obsession with guns is multi-faceted, but in part due to Hollywood and media’s glorification of them, the idea that guns = “freedom” (that’s how we won our freedom from the Brits, right?) and the Second Amendment (which the NRA has twisted and hijacked, too). I understand the need to want to be able to defend oneself, or to hunt to EAT what you take, but while I understand it, I would much rather live in a place where I didn’t *need* to understand it. If that makes sense. 😦

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