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The Web Poetry Corner - Philip Claude Andermann - My Dream of Peace

My Dream of Peace


Philip Claude Andermann

[co-authored with my 10-year-old son Charlie]
Peace is my asking, "How are you?",
caring about your dream in life.
Together, we can make our dreams a reality.
The breath of hope that
moves you fills my sails,
on the same boat.
Together, we can cross oceans in an instant
with our imagination.
My dream is to
TRANSFORM the ocean called "Humanity,"
into a geat heart beating.

Million dollar missiles flying over the heads of people
who make one or two dollars a day,
shows a failure of imagination.
Rather, words
can be bullets of mercy
penetrating others' hearts.
Words get under the skin.
Words aren't just "black" or "white" or "colored,"
like ink or skin.
There are priceless human bodies and lives
under their letters' "skin-niness".
And the echoes of conversations
can be the sparkles of diamonds' skin.
Their glow lights up the cracks of difference that divide us.
In those great cracks,
by talking we can find and mine the greatest jewels.
Those are seeds of realization
from the deep heart of humanity's planet.
Words are free.
Words that are treasured and lovingly shared release freedom's power.
They put terrorism to sleep.

Forty years ago,
Dr. Martin Luther King's words echoed across America's capital:
"I have a dream - that one day
my children will be judged not by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character."
My dream as an African-American-Human
is to glow and grow in character,
so that with my mentor,
I can spread the words of "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" to all children.

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