A sonnet for peace

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by Travis Cody in

I'm enjoying my vacation. I'm relaxed...and it didn't take long to get to that state at all.

I had just a few goals for this week. One was to recover our living space from the chaos of months of exterior construction. Check! We've got some finishing touches to do, but the place is clean and organized for the first time since last September.

Another goal was to de-stress from the end of the first fiscal quarter at work. Check! I feel calm and comfortable with what I was able to achieve in my work.

And one other goal was to write. Partial check on that. Here's a sonnet I composed today in the Shakespearean rhyming scheme.

I think often of the path toward peace,
And in that thinking my mind cannot grasp
The length and breadth to which it is deceiv'd.
Simple seems my goal and not much to ask.
To put aside enmity; to be one
In this world with those like and not like me.
Yet why do I feel my hope is undone?
Why do I feel adrift in a gray sea?
Can love for all trump fear of difference?
Or is man's future lock'd behind borders?
A sad state indeed, this world lacking sense.
The sameness of man hides beneath cultures.
And so I look inward for my lost way,
Serene in mind if only for today.


  1. Barb says:

    Ah! A Trav poem at last!

    I especially love the last line!

    Serene in mind if only for today shall be my mantra for today!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Trav: What a beautiful piece. You have an incredible way with language. It's why I still read - to mine hidden treasures such as yours.

  1. Coco says:

    Thank you for sharing. It was a rainbow bubble on a cloudy day.

  1. Jeni says:

    So very much truth in that poem today, Trav. It seems to me that securing peace with our fellowman is the most difficult thing to do and yet, it should actually be quite easy if we would or could just accept all people as they are -members of the human race and all being equal. Instead, we have so many factions quibbling about all kinds of things and unable to see their nose right there in the middle of their faces! Sad to think how petty, how judgmental society has become isn't it?

  1. Very fine. Locked behind borders. Says much.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Thanks for sharing the poem Trav and it's good to hear you're de-stressed. :)

  1. Great poem Travis. Glad you are enjoying your vacation. Know all about that construction stuff. You got pics to share??

  1. Ivanhoe says:

    Three checks for you! I need to relax a bit more too. It's rather stressful at work. I'm thinking a glass of wine and a good book after dinner tonight :)

  1. Bond says:

    Add anothe check Sir...dead on perfect IMHO

    Glad the vacation has de-stressed you...can I borrow some? LOL

  1. Linda says:

    Apparently de-stressing totally agrees with you as you certainly produced a lovely sonnet. The Bard would be proud!

  1. Debra says:

    Lovely poem Trav!

    I really enjoy the way these words and thoughts are laced together.

    Happy you are enjoying your break!

  1. A wonderful poem for April, poetry month, Travis! :)

  1. *cheering*

    LOVE this, Travis!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Trav!!! Can I dibs your sonnet for Blog for Peace Day??? :-) I just realized that's when I found your site - Blog for Peace Day. You blog-hopped that day and found my Peace Post. Teasing about dibsing, really,but the sonnet is a keeper!

  1. And so I look inward for my lost way...my favorite line.
    A sonnet for peace!
    It's lovely and thought-provoking.

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