by Polly Harrington
(written at age 10 or 11 at Wm. Hatch School in Oak Park, Ill.,
and remembered at the Peace Service, Ogden UCC, March 21, 2003)
Let us think now, what is peace?
Why peace is when we all are friends.
Were people live true, honest lives,
Where fun and love and good will bides.
Where life survives, where children play,
Where babies laugh and coo and talk,
Where mothers teach their babes to walk.
Where people do what our Lord said.
But what is war, I want to know?
Why war is death and wicked woe.
War is torture, crime and aches,
War is even sad blood lakes
Where people kill and big boats sink.
But still some people always think
That War gains more than Peace.
Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear will no longer lead people to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we and all humankind were created.