Monday, May 31, 2010

strange days


even though it is still may (barely), memorial day weekend brings the 'unofficial' arrival of summer. it most certainly feels like summer in these parts - today promises to be a scorcher. if the forecast is correct it will feel like summer - but not the sweet days of june, but the dog days of august! as long as the rain and thunderstorms hold out after the final holiday cook-out concludes all is cool even if it's hot!

my fantasy this memorial day is for there to be no more dead soldiers to remember on all the memorial days to come.

why is there not a 'holiday' to remember all the others who die during times of war? why is it that the innocents of war are often those most forgotten?

today I remember and mourn all that died - soldiers and civilians alike. today I pray that one day we can erect a memorial to war. may war finally rest in peace. there has never been a war to end all wars - for war begets war.

martin luther king jr said that "peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."

make peace! peace can never arrive through the aggression, invasion, and violence but though increased understanding, acceptance, and reconciliation and ultimately when the power of love overcomes the love of power!


strange days.....on so, so many levels!



two songs today. I just finished roy's thoughtful memorial day post and one of his songs reminded me of pete's song of the same name - written originally in 1965 for the boys in vietnam, this version has been updated to reflect today's big muddy. ah, pete - 91 and still going - his voice may not be as strong as it once was, but he is still tireless when it comes to making peace. alas, my wandering and subsequent neglect of the mouse this month cause me to miss putting up a happy birthday pete post (don't even get me started on how obama's choice for the nobel peace prize has probably destroyed the chances of having pete be recognized for his lifelong work promoting peace by the nobel committee. okay I'm started, but will end and hey, who knows we can still try - if you haven't signed the petition, please do here - 2011 is not that far away and hopefully pete will still be with us, and if he is he will still be working for peace).

19 comments:

Coffee Messiah said...

It's been hot as hades for the past few weeks and appears that the dog days could be worse, if we get this now.

And I'm with you, to memorialize peace and no death would be a plus.

Cheers 2 U and yours!

Roy said...

Amen!

John Hayes said...

"why is there not a 'holiday' to remember all the others who die during times of war? why is it that the innocents of war are often those most forgotten?" Beautifully said.

Merle Sneed said...

We finally reached 100 Friday and it will be unrelenting here for awhile. But at least it is a dry heat, right?

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

I agree completely with your thoughts on this, Kimy. For me the only valid and fitting way of honoring people who have served and lost lives and limbs is to remember all victims of wars and renew vows of not being lied, scared or hoodwinked into new ones. For anyone who professes love of life and humanity, surely all wars are civil wars, all wars are fraticide. The problem is they continue to be good business for some.

Angella Lister said...

amen to that! thank you.

tony said...

Amen. The War Drags On......

Meri said...

When will the lessons be learned?

K. said...

Great Seeger song. Bruce Springsteen does a great version, too.

People have become isolated from the consequences of war and thus inured to it. While reading comments about antiwar book, I kept coming across the opinion that "War is hell. So what? Everyone knows that." No one who would write so flippantly about it knows that, of that much I'm sure.

Daisy said...

We seem to be caught in a spiral of violence ... today, Israel's boarding an aide boat in international waters and killing 10 people. There seems to be an epidemic of craziness.

It's good to know that there are people who value, and work for, peace. There is a group of young people in Israel who refuse military service in the occupied territories and go to jail for their honour.

Many blessings on peacemakers.

Megan said...

Wonderful post, Kim. Thank you. I will for sure sign that petition!

Subby said...

Amen sister!

We finally got a bit of cooling ( via thunderstorms )

John brings up a good point and unfortunately, only the surviving family members pay attention to that...

@ Meri~ I've asked meself tha' way too many times...I still dinna hae an answer :(

Alan Burnett said...

Thanks for this Kimy. You remind us of things that we need reminding of : wars kill more than soldiers.

Gary said...

It is getting hot indeed! Ahhh!

I love that MLK quote.

Betsy said...

Ohio IS hot for this time of year!

I wish I'd put that first sign up in the kitchen yesterday! LOL!

Steve said...

Bravo! I love the King quote. Like you, I wonder about all the others who die during times of conflict. Not only that, but I wonder about the non-military people who serve our country in their own ways -- Peace Corps volunteers, for example, or Teach for America participants. They may not routinely die in the line of duty the way military folks unfortunately do, but they give of themselves and deserve commemoration as well. (And I'm not just saying that because I'm an RPCV, though that's certainly made me more aware of the gap between military and non-military recognition!)

Betty said...

Well said!

V. lagra said...

These are memorial days as remembering them who died during the wars. Hence these days are strange days.

viagra said...

I not celebrating this day.