On October 20th, 2023, ILA Magazine offered a visual prompt challenge, a dove of peace with children standing in various lines holding flags of the world. We asked poets to observe the image closely and write their own perceptions and indeed they did, becoming the peace doves by penning beautifully depicted poems. ILA chose 5 poets out of 16.
PEACE Pray for peace
Pray for innocent children Caught in the wars
Pray for peace
Pray for our brothers and sisters
Caught in the wars
Pray for peace
So humans can live
In beauty and love
Pray for peace
A chain of prayer to shield
Those in danger
Pray for peace.
© Bernadette O'Reilly
Amidst the desolation, a dove flew out from the Ark
And swooped over the wild and raging floods
Soon after, it was seen fluttering calmly overhead
With a green and fresh olive leaf drooping from its beak.
A symbol that Nature's wrath has subsided
New hope, signs of sprouting lives brightly emerged
Another lease on human existence, the Almighty has granted
Repentance, faith and devotion from all of us are expected
But why haven't we learned from the blunders of the past?
The omens keep raging but met them with a remorseless heart
The right time has come, let us all heed the call
Life is precious, let's make amends and save our souls
Heal the world in deep turmoil, we, Nations of the world
Wages of sin, ravages of war, all will be destroyed
Let the dove of love and peace spread its saving grace
And turn our world into a Shangri-la, an idyllic place and hideaway
© Gus Perez Amio
I see no color
We bleed the same blood
I see no religion
The same universal God
I see no hate
It's the same human fate
I see no division
Only love and compassion
I see no misery
The same anger doesn't pay
I see no evil
When Love shall always prevail
I see no suffering
Humanity restored we bring
But I saw red stains
In the snow, in vast desert plains.
© Floyd Gale Cabus
WORLD OF COLORS
We are a world made up of colors
But unified in one monochrome.
We are a world with different thoughts
But we are unified in one picture.
We are a world of colors
Cultures, races and even words.
But those differences don't matter.
We shared the same sun, moon, stars and heaven
We are the colors of the world
That painted smiles and happiness on every road
That sow the seeds of peace in every land
That bears hope and love in everyone's heart and mind.
But no matter what differences we have
Colors unified us to live as one
To make our world a better place
To make the world a place we call "Home."
© Janet Rose Licudo
BRINGER OF PEACE
We summon you to inspire us
To light the lamp from within
So that we may guide lost souls
Outside the dark realm of despair.
Disperse the fog of hate from our mind,
So that we may think clearly
And thus become wise mentors
To help others make right decisions
Together we will live in harmony
To make life's song a symphony
Heaven, nature, humanity unite
To stand up to the forces of evil!
© Gheorghe Laura