In Spite of War by Angela Morgan
In spite of war, in spite of death,
In spite of all man’s sufferings,
Something within me laughs and sings
And I must praise with all my breath.
In spite of war, in spite of hate
Lilacs are blooming at my gate,
Tulips are tripping down the path
In spite of war, in spite of wrath.
“Courage!” the morning-glory saith;
“Rejoice!” the daisy murmureth,
And just to live is so divine
When pansies lift their eyes to mine.
The clouds are romping with the sea,
And flashing waves call back to me
That naught is real but what is fair,
That everywhere and everywhere
A glory liveth through despair.
Though guns may roar and cannon boom,
Roses are born and gardens bloom;
My spirit still may light its flame
At that same torch whence poppies came.
Where morning’s altar whitely burns
Lilies may lift their silver urns
In spite of war, in spite of shame.
And in my ear a whispering breath,
“Wake from the nightmare! Look and see
That life is naught but ecstasy
In spite of war, in spite of death!”
Life has been given a bum rap by those who fail to understand that it yields what we put into it – not simply as individuals, but as a race. Life can be free of fear, greed and hatred, yet those who dedicate their lives to this enlightened perspective on life soon learn of the catch-22 that has kept man bound to life as we know it.
You can live a perfect life and still face adversity, disappointment and pain. Mankind is one body and the notion that one member of the body can enjoy a life free of the influences of the others is as foolish as thinking that any part of your body can somehow live its useful life independently of the rest of your body. Mankind is at the highest level of organization, one thing, regardless of how well coordinated its constituent members may be at any given point in time.
A victory for one, therefore, is a victory for all. Similarly, a failure for one is a failure for all. The key, I suppose to tipping the scales toward the experience of life of which I speak and envision is for there to be sufficient momentum on the part of those who are in agreement as touching these things to overcome the eventual resistance to the emergence of such a state.
I don’t know that organized religion can pull it off (from the history books and from what I can tell from personal experience), neither will our system of education (as it is shaped more by economic forces than a passion for truth), so the question remains: from whence will come the integrating force to secure our liberation from the tyranny of life as we know it?
I don’t have a ready answer to that but I do know that as each one commits himself to the discovery and revelation of truth in whatever line of work he is in, all are lifted up. Moreover, all who are bound by truth are drawn into a singular purpose as the truth is never in conflict with itself.
So lets get to it…”[i]n spite of war, in spite of death!” Who’s with me!?!