Dream Shaper

Dream Shaper
Art by Norman E. Masters

When Will We Ever Learn?

by Sharon Pacione

wide awake in a nightmare,
my soul has been mortally wounded,
shot through the heart
by missiles of ignorance and war
launched by abusers
hiding behind shades of red, white and blue,
waving the flag of bombs bursting in air,
wagging the dog of illusion
before sleepwalking, apathetic masses

warmongers, the great pretenders,
feigning democracy and freedom
and concern for a better life,
invade and hijack the hearts and minds
of sons and daughters, mothers and fathers,
slamming shut the doors of truth and integrity,
with the help of media distraction and lies,
in the face of activists
advocating social, political and environmental change
and peace and justice for all

blind patriots rally to call war normal,
sucked into the black hole of big brother

purple hearts, and gold and silver stars
gather momentum to build yet another memorial
to the sacrificial lambs called collateral damage
who died trying to kill for the dreams of others,
who believed the lies and propaganda
that the unholy alliance was not about
or racial and religious intolerance,
or re-mapping of land,
or occupation,
or ancient treasures of mysterious origin,
or the greed and power of world domination,
or the addiction to - and big business of - war

the lucky ones sing their death song;
survivors imprison memories of horror
on the wailing wall of mangled minds
and the matrix of the soul

Lost 2

Art by Norman E. Masters

parts and pieces blown to kingdom come, tied with yellow ribbons of lost hope, join the ghosts of past wars who walk alongside the waking dead on a crowded, blood-soaked planet filled with the dogma and strangled spirit of man's darkness and disregard for life in all forms, hearts hardened and desensitized to compassion and non-violence, minds clouded by addictions and material lust, seeking instant gratification to ease the pain of spinelessness and mindlessness, imprisoning the spirit of humanity in cellblocks of conformity and fear in the theatre of war, self-serving world citizens wear many faces of apathy, ignorance, and intellectual and spiritual arrogance, choosing well-worn words and phrases to detach from responsibility to the web of life
Web Intricacies 8

Art by Norman E. Masters

...I'm only one person, what can I do? ...I can't think about that right now, I'm too busy. ...Well, the only thing we can do is pray. I'm just going to let the Lord handle it.

Art by Norman E. Masters

...Everything is happening exactly as it's supposed to. ...Life isn't real anyway, it's all just an illusion. ...We live in a world of polarity, so there will never be peace. Besides, we wouldn't appreciate the good things if we didn't have the bad. ...I'm only going to allow the light into my reality. All of this negative stuff zaps my energy. ...What's happening on the other side of the world is not my problem. ...It must be their karma; there's nothing I can do. ...This war is undeclared, so it's not a real war anyway. ...There's no need to do anything; when you're enlightened, you become the observer. ...How do you know that's true? I didn't see it on the news! (Patriot Act I and II, Pax Americana/Project for the New American Century *PNAC*, etc.) ...Now that the war has started, everyone should just shut up and support our government, they know what they're doing!
Eyes of the Blank Pondering

Eyes of the Blank Pondering
Art by Norman E. Masters

hyprocrisy rules the nation selling democracy and freedom on the backs of bombs and oppression, from the halls of deceit, ideals still on a wish list for the tired, poor and hungry citizens of the invading country whose national and foreign policies are twin towers of manipulation threaten, destroy and selectively re-build until the world falls back to sleep, then threaten, de-humanize and assimilate the culture invaded moving on the wind of desire and addiction to war to the next 'axis of evil' ensuring that fat cats of large corporations, participating in perpetual sleep-overs at the big white house and domed rotunda, will never be hungry again real freedom - of body, mind and spirit - walks a tightrope once again, the mirror held in the iron fist of pride and ego, begging for reflection's comment on the lessons of man's inhumanity to life history is a broken record of broken promises and broken treaties repeating itself for the benefit of slow learners and those easily led who have not grasped the concept and value of compassion, integrity and non-violence as the path to peace and freedom and, while fence sitters nurse hemorrhoids, those with a conscience plant seeds of peace and truth, watered with the tears and intent of Gandhi, King, Deganawidah and other ancestors dedicated to the reality of unity, to germinate within the heart and mind, from the light and dark of nature's balance, food for thought for an unbalanced world and, life goes on as usual except for the air, water and soil - and plant, animal and mineral kingdoms who absorb the vibrations of fear and inhale the particles of war, choking on the blood of death and destruction
Kissing The Nightmare, Bare

Kissing The Nightmare, Bare
Art by Norman E. Masters

life goes on as usual except for the birds and insects who now avoid travel in the no-fly zone life goes on as usual except for the young Hopi mother whose life-force now sleeps on the sands of time, in a different desert, on the other side of the world life goes on as usual except for the 4 year old girl, running down a bombed-out street holding the hand of smoke and horror, mouth and eyes wide open to the death of innocence, tramatized for life life goes on as usual except for the father carrying his daughter, blood dripping on memories of childhood from her dangling, blown-off leg life goes on as usual except for prisoners of war, who now know Geneva Convention betrayal while seven billion other prisoners of war, known as humanity, allow 1984 to laugh in the shadows as they mesmerize and anesthetize their fears and doubts with a sanitized, reality show version of the sequel, Gulf War II and, life goes on as usual except for the families of those killed by 'friendly' and 'not-so-friendly' fire who now know that the answer to the war-song question "where have all the flowers gone" is still the same... "gone to grave-yards, every one" when we realize that life is one gigantic, connected web, that everyone and everything is related, that those we kill are ourselves, that we are all sons and daughters of one earth, of one creator of which we are all an aspect and, when we choose weapons of mass CONstruction, principles dedicated to truth, integrity, compassion, and non-violence we will have answered the last war-song question "when will we ever learn, when will we ever learn???"
by Sharon Pacione
Grandmother, Poet, Human Being for Peace for *All* of Life.
Written between March 19 and April 13, 2003.
Revised April 29, 2003.

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Flower Of The World

Flower Of The World
Art by Norman E. Masters

Quotes for the Soul:

"Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands
it."~~~~~~~~~~~Albert Einstein

"Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that
matter."~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."~~~Thomas Jefferson

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time
to pause and reflect."~~~~~~~~~Mark Twain

"The news and truth are not the same thing."
~~~~~Walter Lippmann, American Journalist (1889-1974)

"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national
obligations of obedience...Therefore (individual citizens) have the
duty to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occuring."
~~Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950

"Democracy must be more than two wolves and a sheep voting on
what to have for dinner."~~~~~~James Bovard (1994)

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."~~~~Gandhi

"Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your
ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less
the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And, on issues
that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost."
~~~~~Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956)

We are visitors on this planet.
we are here for ninety
or one hundred years
at the very most.

During that period,
we must try to do something
good, something useful
with our lives.

If you contribute to other
people's happiness, you will
find the true goal,
the true meaning of life."

~~~~~~~~~~H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your
life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~White Elk

"We are all flowers in the Great Spirit's garden. We share a common
root, and the root is Mother Earth. The garden is beautiful because it
has different colors in it and these colors represent different traditions
and cultural backgrounds."~~~~~Grandfather David Monongye, Hopi

"Let's put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make
for our children."~~~~~~Sitting Bull

Bridge To Tomorrow

Bridge To Tomorrow
Photo by Gamaliel Masters

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