“The Nagasaki Elder” by Antony Owen is a poignantly vivid account of the suffering endured by civilians caught up in both the immediate and long term aftermath of the atomic bombings on Japan. This is an essential poetry collection for peace educators.
Adnan Bangash, an avid reader of peace poetry, says the promotion of peaceful literature is the best way to guide people in the current chaotic circumstances in which the country finds itself. “Our land is combusting in the flames of war,” he says. “By spreading peace education, we can support society to turn away from conflict.”
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.