We Still Can’t Find The Words

22 Sep

World Peace

 “…All we are saying Is give peace a chance.”

                                                               John Lennon

 A thousand devils dancing on a pinhead twirling, almost falling,

catching each other in sizzling embrace. Winking, hooting, and hollering

celebrating the death of common sense with un-precedent disgrace.


“Needle threading cloth. A suture for a dressing.

 In and out, out and in. A thimble on the thumb.

 A thimble on the index. Another zero sum.”


Suicide bombers! Soft targets! Murder of children!

Children murder parents! Prophets poison followers!

Followers assassinate prophets! Sentences punctuated with gunshot!

Where are the archangels and cherubims?

Where is my Father’s Catcher in the Rye?

Where is the Lord of the dance?

Where is that Spark that ignites the lullaby of Peace?


We can sing the song, John, 

winking, hooting, and hollering.

But, we still can’t find the words.


I have taken the liberty of adding these two links in remembrance of a 1969 occasion



A special thank you for Helena, Kay Salady, Michelle, and Skipmars for their comments on its 2012 draft [He Never Had A Chance] hosted by Gooseberrygoespoetic/ Poetry-Picnic.


Posted by on September 22, 2013 in ignorance, John Lennon, Love, Outlaw, poems, Poetry, religion, war


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6 responses to “We Still Can’t Find The Words

  1. rudyan

    September 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    brilliant! how many years now have we sung that and other peace songs and somehow still can’t find the words… or the will to enact them


  2. brian miller

    September 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    mm powerful verse…and string together of the songs…if we really dont know the words…the hope…a way to get there they are just words with nothing behind them….


  3. Sherry Blue Sky

    September 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    OH! MY! GOD! I love this poem SO MUCH!!!!!! “where is that spark that ignites the lullaby of peace?” and “we can sing the song, John….but we still cant find the words.” I love this poem.


  4. Mary

    September 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Sometimes peace seems so VERY elusive, doesn’t it?


  5. Nataša Dolenc (@Natasek86)

    September 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    but we still can’t find the words. powerful close. true.


  6. dsnake1

    September 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    a powerful write, my friend, especially the last 3 lines.

    lennon’s song became an anthem for the anti-war movement. but today, the enemy do not wear a uniform, he could look just like you or me.
    looks like not many heeds lennon’s song. 😦



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