December Dreamtime

when the last mercenary
hangs up his rifle,
and the last cannon
is returned to the store.
when the final wicked
warhead is dismantled,
and the last great king
decrees an end to war.
when the last soldier
abhors the act of killing,
and the last parent
mourns for a fallen son.
when the last rusted sword
is hammered into a ploughshare,
- peace on earth
- and goodwill to all men.

©Mike Subritzky
New Zealand

"Art of Peace Showcase" 2000