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Peace One Day

Salman Shaheen


From the West Bank to East Berlin,

Hiroshima to Ho-Chi-Minh,

From the Boer War to East Timor,

Kosovo to Alamo -

Hear the victims cry in pain,

Turn the page, another stain –

History book’s been written red,

Another people, broken - bled,

Another chance for peace –




From Ypres’ fields to Stalingrad,

Falklands to the old Yugoslav,

From Afghanistan to Sudan,

North Korea to Chechnya –

Watch the poppies, trodden to mud,

See the Tigris, run with blood –

Another war begins to rage,

Don’t be quick to turn the page –

Change must come, come what may,

Together we’ll look for another way,

Together we’ll make peace,

Peace One Day…

Peace One Day!


This poem is dedicated to the Peace One Day campaign, launched by film maker Jeremy Gilley in 1999. The campaign, which has won support from Nobel Peace Laureates, artists, musicians, religious and political leaders and millions of people around the world aimed to make September 21st an International Day of Peace, an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Officially recognised by the UN General Assembly in 2001, the campaign’s most important task has only just begun – to let the world know!


September 2005


For Socialist Unity ~ For Internationalism ~ For Peace ~ For Justice ~ For Unity ~ For Socialism