Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dona Nobis Pacem November 7

This has been the most fullfilling time I've spent in, well, I can't quite remember the last time I got involed in something quite like this. It's been a wonderfull few weeks helping put together the gallery for Mimi. The message is simple yet very clear; the idea is wonderful and easily brought forth; the dream of a peaceful world is beautiful. Can we have it? Well, I'm no philosopher, I'm just a 'hospitality-managing-love-to-have-a-laugh-
-and-a-drink-
-and-a-laugh-
-maybe-another-drink-and-a-laugh-
-naieve-father-and-loving-husband'
that couln't possibly attempt to answer this question. At least an answer with merit and weight that could influence the masses and affect change. But isn't that what has just happened anyway. Isn't it the simple things in life, and the smallest of actions that can change even the most ingrained thoughts and attitudes. One globe today with a simple, yet beautiful inscription leads to---two rifles not shot tomorrow and leads to--three land mines not buried next week and leads to-- four tanks not deployed and leads to-- five helicopters grounded... One Globe graffic with a beautiful inscription can do this, for it has momentum. It is a self-propagating-computer-generated messenger that has a single voice driven by many, started by one.
But like everything in life, there is a cost. A cost of self examination, as a person, as a son/daughter, as a husband/wife, as a father/mother, as community member, as race, as a genus, as a species. Why? Because we need to stop assuming that a peaceful world is 'for' us. And if peace can be achieved, imagine a world in which we can better ourselves, a world made peaceful by us, but still not 'for' us. No, a peacful world is not 'for' us, nor was it 'for' our parents, or 'for' their parents either. Our obligation and responsibility to strive for a peacfull world, and of those that preceded us, is driven by us 'for' those yet to come.

A peaceful world for this child
Did we strive for peace hard enough?

Or for this Child,
Can we him teach peace now?

But with my experiences this past couple of weeks,
with Mimi
And
Dona Nobis Pacem
And
This
Child
I know I'll have to do more than

Imagine
For I know that there's a Heaven
It's not easy to, but I'll Try
There's Hell all around us
And yes up there, there is sky
Imagine all these people, Living through the day

There's still borders up in countries
Bringing borders down is hard to do
Everything is to kill or die for
And yes, religion's in it fighting too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
To wake this dream in all the people
Pay it forward, in children Teach

Yes, Mimi and I are Dreamers
We know now we're not alone
Beautiful Globes are spinning 'round us
Let us bring this message Home

For a Story that I've dedicated to Dona Nobis Pacem
Please click here

5 comments:

madd said...

Frank just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all your hard work that you done to help make this wonderful peace project a success. Your post is wonderful, your globes are beautiful..this has been an amazing experience and I do hope we do it again..peace to you and yours..m

Mimi Lenox said...

Frank...This is truly moving. I am, once again, reduced to a rubble of tears. You have worked so tirelessly on this project and I am happy to report that you have agreed to continue with it. The gallery has grown into a large online museum and thanks to you - will become more and more beautiful.
As for that grandchild of yours - she is one lucky little person. Did I say she? Just a feeling. I do hope this child inherits your talent for art and for laughter, peace and integrity. May all those things be yours in the years to come. Dona Nobis Pacem ...Peace and blessings to you and yours. Mimi Lenox

Annelisa said...

Wow! You've taken my breath away with your words and your pictures and poems - this is one of the most moving posts I've read from peace day (and there've been a good few!)

Thank you for the globe - as you say, a simple but effective message - love it!

(and where've you hidden my globe? I've sent it in twice :-D )

Best wishes in the world to you and those you love...

Anonymous said...

THANKS so much for all your work!

The Gallery as well as this site are now both permanently linked at THE COUCH

R2K said...

So sad.

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