Saturday, August 2, 2014

Under God's Heaven

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The tattered diary a prized possession
A life described during sad aggression

Senseless killing no one spared
Felt like no one even cared

Don't they know that war is futile
Destroying lives is sad and vile

I hope someday the light will shine
And peace and harmony will fall in line

When one community called humankind
Tolerance and love for each other will find

For our souls they weep in sad despair
And for us all they join in silent prayer

Imagine a world that's just like heaven
Where uplifting others is the only obsession

And kindness is a daily habit
And we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit

The tattered diary was a prized possession
Why don't we learn from it and end repression.

~x~


I chose the diary of Anne Frank as something that would've been quite ordinary but a prized possession to Anne. Her story touches our hearts and is the inspiration behind my poem. What went on in Anne's mind, did she wonder about a time under God's heaven when peace would be the way?





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69 comments:

  1. "uplifting others is the only obsession"...this may be a dream but we all want it to become true...wonderfully expressed...

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    1. Thanks Sumana. I live in hope that someday that will be true even though we may not be around to see it.

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  2. I know you are a dreamer, but you're not the only one ... Nicely Done.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I am a dreamer for sure :)

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  3. i hope we do find that place of love...i want nothing to do with tolerence...for me that is far from love...uplifting others..would be very cool if everyone was doing it....

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    1. Interesting viewpoint Brian. I shall ponder on that one.

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  4. Amen to your words. The world needs peace but it often feels as we had learned nothing from the past. I sometimes wonder whether Anne would have written differently if she had known so many people would read her words.

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    1. Thanks Gabriella. I too think we learn nothing from the past. Such a pity because peace is the way. Interesting thought about Anne.

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  5. Wonderful! I am sure that Anne Frank had NO idea that her ORDINARY diary would eventually make such an impact on the world. Sometimes things that begin as ORDINARY really become profound over time. An additional thought: If Anne had lived, probably her diary would just have remained a personal one, and the 'world' would never have read it. But after its discovery after her death, her message spread globally. Anne left a legacy she never knew she left. Perhaps many ORDINARY people will do the same... Thank you for this.

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    1. Thanks Mary. So true that Anne's diary would never have been revealed had she lived. Yes, perhaps they will do. Perhaps our blogs will become our legacy to the world.

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  6. why don't we learn? that's the question.

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    1. Sure is Marian. Why don't we learn?

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  7. So well said. Anne would be so proud to know her words are still alive.

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    1. Thanks Sherry. Glad she wrote that diary though not glad that she had to.

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  8. When one community called humankind
    Tolerance and love for each other will find

    This, for me, stands out as a universal truth...well written, Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Hannah. It is such a simple concept and yet we find it so hard to follow.

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  9. Why do we keep exuding such pain into the world :(. If only people could feel the bliss peace brings

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    1. So true Pensive One. It's almost like war has become the number 1 profession for countries. Not good at all. Peace is the way.

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  10. anne frank was a smart, brave and curious girl and she asked many questions that are still as up to date as they were then...

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    1. She sure was Claudia. And the questions still prevail because we simply haven't learned that peace is the way.

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  11. Oh they know war is futile, they just expect to win.

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    1. Silly people is all I can say J Cosmo!

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  12. Beautifully written, Suzy! The book is one of my favorites! And my favorite lines are, "Imagine a world that's just like heaven
    Where uplifting others is the only obsession..." Wooowww!!!

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    1. Thanks Shalini. Glad you liked it so much.

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  13. Beautiful, there is no substitute for the presence of the Holy Spirit, life is enriched as we love unconditionally, very well crafted.

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    1. Thanks Alan. Very true, the Holy Spirit is the ultimate,

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  14. It's strange that with the impact of such a testimonial we can still foster hatred and differences.. Humans are so alike really.. But many cease to listen..

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    1. So true Bjorn. We never seem to learn or don't want to.

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  15. Such a simple wish wanted by many but seems impossible to even dream of at times..lovely piece

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    1. Thanks Jae. Wanted by the majority I think and yet so true that it seems to be only a wish.

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  16. Wonderful poem Suzy... Just hope we would have learned more from history.. but wars are still going on... So sad. So moving book, and an important piece of evidence too...

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    1. Thanks Eli. Yes, we should learn for we are very good at repeating unwanted history

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  17. Yes, I think the diary would be a prized possession. And also something ordinary, but maybe we do prize the ordinary…but don't realize it until we lose it…seems that is an old saying? I liked what you wrote…why can't we just get along?

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    1. Thanks Annell. Yes it's the little things in life that are actually the big things.

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  18. Suzy, I was so touched by this piece of yours. great rhyming skills throughout and the message is very true. We need to promote peace and harmony and tolerance. :)

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    1. Thanks James, So glad you like my poem and the message. Someday I hope peace will prevail.

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  19. Great poem, Suzy and I love the sentiment. I've always found Anne Frank's diary so inspiring and love learning more about her. She had amazing insight for someone so young living under such oppressive conditions.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. So true about Anne Frank. Writing must've helped her keep sane in such trying conditions.

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  20. kindness is daily habit..loved your lines Suzy..Anne's diary is truly inspiring..

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    1. Thanks Arathi. Glad you liked my poem. And I'm planning to read the book again.

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  21. A wonderful tribute and understanding.
    ZQ

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  22. Nicely done and the word picture painted took us there. This was a book that made an impact on my life as a young girl. It is nice to be reminded once again.

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    1. Thanks Carol. Glad you liked my poem.

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  23. this is so beautiful. i read anne frank in the 8th grade. i still have that ole, tattered paperback on my shelf!

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    1. Thanks Stacy. Glad you liked my poem.

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  24. I all for kindness and love :)x ~ Empowering poem, thanks!

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  25. it's really an amazing thing, that we are able to read her thoughts, to see the war through a child's eye... beautiful.

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  26. Love is the answer to everything. Too bad we don't ask the right questions. I really enjoyed your poem.

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    1. Thanks Myrna. Glad you liked my poem. So right, all our actions should be done with love.

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  27. This is a story of hope in a world of chaos..

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  28. I suppose it is all in how we define "tolerance". If it means I am secretly better but I will not speak out against others - then that isn't what we want. BUT if tolerance means we recognize we are each wonderfully made in Gods image and yet, we are uniquely different - that is a refreshing thought for me! Yes, if only…

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    1. Hi Margaret, yes tolerance means that we are all made in the image of one God and that we respect and embrace our differences.

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  29. Look at the world around us, the events in Gaza and million such deaths in every part of the world! Why don't we learn?? Just saddens me... Terrible!

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    1. Yes Aditi, Every war has just created more heartache and yet we don't learn. Very sad.

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  30. 'Imagine a world that's just like heaven
    Where uplifting others is the only obsession
    And kindness is a daily habit'
    Love this, it's a world I'd like to live in.

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    1. Thanks Love Happy Notes. That's the world I want to live in too.

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  31. A very sad truth. But as you said someday it will change.

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    1. Hi GL Meisner. Someday I hope we'll see a new world.

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  32. Anne Frank's diary is quite and ordinary book now--but yes it was once a unique and prized possession. I have often wondered how she would have liked having her diary read by the world. But it does have such an impact--the life and thoughts of an ordinary girl.

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    1. Hi Peggy, I think Anne wanted the world to read her diary and we did!

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  33. Imagine a world that's just like heaven
    Where uplifting others is the only obsession

    And kindness is a daily habit
    And we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit


    ... what a wonderful world it would be!!

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    1. Thanks Laurie. It sure would be. :)

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  34. Wonderful poem Suzy! I read Anne Frank's diary as a young girl in school in Canada after we moved from Holland (AKA The Netherlands) where she was from. When I returned to visit Amsterdam where we lived before I moved with my family to Canada, I saw the home she lived in. Such a sad story and yet so inspirational. I hope one day as she may have hoped, that peace will reign on our planet. :) <3

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    1. Thanks Elly. Yes, such a tragic story and yet we don't learn. I too hope that someday peace will prevail.

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  35. Truth in verse.Really nice.A day of peaceful light may dawn.

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