Grant us Peace.
In the spirit of the day I offer up a poem I wrote forty-two years ago, because despite being "adolescent" in tone, it is just as relevant today:
Man has built to rival God's mountains,
spires of concrete and steel,
reaching higher, higher toward the sky
man has built to out fly the birds,
always reaching upward toward the stars.
But below the skies the earth is troubled,
man against man, brother against brother,
for under God all are brothers.
Need you fight one another?
There is so much to be had--
Let us fight ignorance, poverty, disease,
not one another.
O my brothers stop your useless strife.
Shoulder to shoulder, heart with heart,
let us fight together
for the world that could be.