Friday, November 5, 2010

last night I had the strangest dream

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

Lao-Tzu (570-490 B.C.) mystical philosopher

our home was without its customary peace flag for the last several months. the local shop where I bought the last flag mysteriously closed it's doors sometime in the spring. for months I've looked for a replacement flag locally.

in july I put in a special order with a local shop, the owner assured me that she could get the flag I desired. I went back a few times to inquire about the status of the order, each time I was told "it's not in." finally I realize there were other forces at work (bad local economy).

once I gave up on shopping locally, I googled peace flags and within seconds I found the flag I desired, a minute later I saw one of the vendors with the portal of all material things had them for less than 5 bucks each. the price was so good, I ended ordering 3; one week later I had the flags.

when we first heard the drums of war in 2001 we proudly raised a peace flag. in the last nine years, we have gone through 2 flags. each flag was retired because it became so tattered and torn.

damned depressing.

now I dream that the flag now flying in front of our house will be retired (with creases) because of peace.

if you have a few minutes check out the vid created by some talented person who goes by the name spadecaller. the vid updates the classic song last night I had the strangest dream. written in 1950 by ed mccurdy (1919 - 2000). ed was a friend of pete seeger, who sings the version in the vid below.

the song was first performed by the weavers and over the years has been performed by hundreds of musicians and thousands (perhaps millions) of peace activists and dreamers. in 1980 the peace corps adopted the song as its official theme song.

photo: view out front window at casa mouse, october 2010


37paddington said...

mouse, i love your peace flag, and the fact that you still fly one. and i love the peaceful vibe on that street. bless you, friend, and keep on dreaming. if we all collectively dream this dream, it may yet come to pass. Love.

ArtSparker said...

What a sweet post, thank you.

California Girl said...

Joan Baez does a wonderful version of this song as well.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

angella - :) it is a nice street.

spark - thank you!!!!

cg - yes i love joan's rendition too. but thought the collage accompanying this version was moving.


karen said...

I love your flag. Also loved the words of Lao-Tzu.
Hope you're enjoying a cozy weekend.

California Girl said...

Now that I think of it (I'm listening to the song again on your site) I'm confusing Joan's rendition of "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine", which is Dylan's lyrics set to this music.

Yes, the montaage is excellent and sad.

Watson said...

This one got me all teary mouse. I'm stealing it! It's a good one for Remembrance Day.
Barbara, humble servant of the Princess Daisy

tony said...

Peaceful Dreams Are More Possible Than Terrible Nightmares.It's Important We Continue To Know This.
Slightly Off-Topic, did you know that in Britain (in theory at least) It is against the Law to fly a non-national flag! Which might explain why we Brits are always fighting.........?