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Peace Is Not A Way Of Life
Author: Mark Spencer

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I wrote a poem about peace
And claimed it is a goal.
Some played the devilís advocate,
With an opposing roll.

They labeled peace a way of life,
An altruistic state.
That can exist within the mire
Of violence and hate.

But sadly, I must disagree,
I know of whom they speak.
They talk of those who walk away
In search of what they seek.

They choose to leave our way of life
And live off of the land.
But sometimes when their bellies ache
They will hold out their hand.

They want to live like Bonobos
And love without a care.
The things we covet in this world
Should be openly shared.

And in their world they think theyíre right,
While you and I are wrong.
But theyíll still beg for our money,
In exchange for a song.

They use our charity for food,
For labor brings no prize.
These folks prefer the passive life,
Seen through a dreamerís eyes.

But if the whole world lived this way
Would utopia thrive?
If none were left to do the work
How long could man survive?

Humans are individuals,
No two minds think the same.
Weíve never found that common ground,
Peace lives only in name.

No point in human history
Does conflict not exist.
Presented with a righteous plan,
Somebody will resist.

Itís never been a way of life
To live in harmony.
That which is dreamed but not achieved
Is just a fantasy.

As long as dreams like these are dreamed
Then conflict will prevail.
What right have you to dream for me,
Do you think mine will fail?

There is no peace upon a path
Divergent from the whole.
Such roads are paved by those who think
They have a better goal.

Peace is only an opinion,
A theory, nothing more.
It canít be found in ages past,
Or dreams that came before.

Itís simply not a way of life,
Peace doesnít have a soul.
Until it proves it can exist,
Itís just another goal.

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