… and by opposing end them.

D o you recall the day we stood
I n battle order, side by side for once, old
G rudges dead and buried in a brand
N ew war on common foes – life-darkening ignorance, curable
I llness, the tyrant’s iron grip? O never
F orget this day, October 24 in 1945, when
Y ou and I hold hands across a sea of troubles …

 

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Image: the United Nations

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I wrote this to honour the day they founded the UN.

6 thoughts on “… and by opposing end them.

  1. I look forward to the day when all nations are truly united. There would be no borders. The laws here would be the same as those over there. A bushel of wheat here would have the same value as a bushel of wheat over there. A man from that continent would be the equal of a man from this one.

    Wouldn’t that be nice?

    1. It would be a dream come true! You’ve put me in mind of a favourite Thomas Hardy poem which, thanks to the wonder of the internet, I can quote in full:

      His Country

      I journeyed from my native spot
      Across the south sea shine,
      And found that people in hall and cot
      Laboured and suffered each his lot
      Even as I did mine.

      Thus noting them in meads and marts
      It did not seem to me
      That my dear country with its hearts,
      Minds, yearnings, worse and better parts
      Had ended with the sea.

      I further and further went anon,
      As such I still surveyed,
      And further yet – yea, on and on,
      And all the men I looked upon
      Had heart-strings fellow-made.

      I traced the whole terrestrial round,
      Homing the other side;
      Then said I, “What is there to bound
      My denizenship? It seems I have found
      Its scope to be world-wide.”

      I asked me: “Whom have I to fight,
      And whom have I to dare,
      And whom to weaken, crush, and blight?
      My country seems to have kept in sight
      On my way everywhere.”

      1913.

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