“I want to live there”
he sees something beautiful
in a painted book of peace
From a Distance
“Helicopters came and broke the world”
he shouts upset
He can’t comprehend
What all this war is for
This wonderful book was found in a pile of second hand books in a little department store in a rural area of the Philippines. For children of all ages and all around the world, “From a Distance” was written by Julie Gold and illustrated by Jane Ray.
Reading through the book, my adopted son Jerry became very upset when he turned to a page where [telling me] ‘helipcopters came and broke the world’.
We are not born wanting to drop bombs and fire guns. We are born wanting food and love. All of us …
From a distance, we are instruments
Marching in a common band
Playing songs of hope
Playing songs of peace
They’re the songs of every man.
Extract: From a Distance (Julie Gold and Jane Ray)
This post is a tribute to the value of peace as today is September 11 and next week (September 21) is International Day of Peace.
© 2017 Melinda J. Irvine