I’d rather not remember all those wars
Nor soldiers killing soldiers in combat
And somehow justify the use of force
Or celebrate insanity like that.
What’s worth commemorating is not hate
And fear and horrid, vengeful violence,
But something peaceful and serenely great—
For love, not anger, is our best defense.
Or so said Jesus and sages of all times
Arrived at higher consciousness, serene
And sane, evolved past violence and crimes,
Innocent of motives that demean.
What I shall work to practice and to praise
Is what is worth remembering all our days.