I Choose Love

Ripple Poetry

Dedicated to all those
who visited my facebook wall this week

I choose love, not hate
I hear Martin Luther King knocking at the door

I choose poetry, deny so called fate
and hear so many poets begin to roar

Maya Angelou says be the rainbow
in the clouds

I will forgive but still call for injustice to end
Mahatma Ghandi shows people how to resist
with non violence so –

I wage peace not war
I don’t wait for it to come knocking at the door

I read Abdul-Baha’s Paris Talks
and think of when he brings Louis Gregory to the table
in the United States

I choose for my children
more than debate

I dream we walk through unity’s gate.

June

familypicbest5 My family in the seventies

I spent this week having discussions in my facebook space about racism and prejudice and what we can do about it.

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Gumboots4Peace

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Gumboots4Peace  by June Perkins 2006

 I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace. -Helen Keller

We had moved to the Cassowary Coast, land of a big golden gumboot.

I went to an exhibition in the city sometime whilst we were living there, and discovered  a picture in an exhibition where an artist took his shoes for a walk like they were a pair of puppies.

They had personality.

He was fearless with his photographs.

I saw an online installation of soldiers’ shoes at a war memorial.

In my mind an idea formed,  why not have gumboots that had a message of peace.

They could be installed anywhere, decorated with peace messages, or anything the artist wanted to say about peace.

Perhaps people could pose with the boots.

What fun would that be!

Everywhere I traveled  I took pictures of boots calling people to peace.

Later I thought of those who don’t have boots, and decided to show the unity of the world through feet and the ecological footprints.  Poems in the shape of feet became part of the Ripple Project.

Time to share those installations of gumboots representing peace from all those years ago.

 

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Gumboots4Peace by June Perkins 2006

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”

-John F. Kennedy

 

Some interesting links on Shoe Art Installations and Peace

Shoes on the Danube Walk (2005)

Children’s Shoes Anti War (2008)

The unConvention Walk in their Shoes

 

Peace

Ripple Poetry

8038247032_75706fe002_o (2) Creative Commons – Mark Smith

Peace, like Giant Saguaro Cactus,
Took fifty years before flowering hope
Just night and green morning
Over quickly
Then flowers came out again

Again out came flowers then
Quickly over morning green and night
Just hope flowering before years fifty
Took cactus Saguaro Giant
Like peace.

(c) June Perkins

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