Helicopters Came and Broke the World

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“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

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Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.



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