Let's not speak of the end of all days,
Or the many ways
That people find to cruelly kill each other.

Endings only bring about
Encouragement of every evil act.

Let us speak instead of new events—

The birth of a star brings hope
That we are not the only source of life.

One kind word can start a silent revolution.

Whatever we are today, we have the gift
Of growing into something greater.

Never should we hesitate
To start out on the sea of peace.

©2016 Michael Fraley

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