Teach the Children

When I look into your eyes
tears pool
Smoke, screams, panic, sirens, collapse, ash of lives crushed, turned to instant dust. Watching everything in  disbelief. Had the world flipped its fragile lid, finally gone crazy. Time will not replace those souls gone, but not forgotten. The Angels who suddenly became everyday heros saving strangers who needed help because, they couldn’t help themselves. It’s simply what love of fellow mankind does.
Mother, may I ask you or father, teach the children well. Let them see through your eyes that hate destroys the heart which feeds it. Love is really all they need.
I am by no means a pacifist. Proudly served my country.  Had army collegues and friends killed and wounded while living under the constant pub bombs and other terrorism from the IRA. The Grand Hotel where 5 cabinet members lost their lives and countless more were seriously injured in Brighton was my home town. Now they have not just the IRA but muslim extremist fanatics to contend with too. My heart ached that day watching in real time, those two towers collapsing, knowing they would be filled with ordinary people going about their daily lives.

I believe that terrorism must never be allowed to win but, I also believe:

*If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. Mohandas Gandhi

Shared with dVerse Poets 9/11 In memorium
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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

37 thoughts on “Teach the Children”

  1. While I agree with Gandhi’s premise, we walk a fine line on what we teach our children. We have no control of those teaching hate in far-away countries. A passive country will fall before the hostile intent of one that is not passive. Until all peoples agree, there will be a need for warriors.

  2. Wonderful read. As I type this I can not shake the sadness of 9/11 and of the past ten years. I remember the very moment I saw the plane hit the first tower. I saw the people jumping hand in hand out the windows. It is something I will never forget. I lost friends and people I knew. Are we better off these ten years later. After two wars and over 6,000 men and women lost over there. I think not.

    Well written and very moving. Thank you…


  3. Very fine words. When we look into their eyes, tears very fine expressions of parents’ worrying if we did right thing wanting to share this world with them. Teaching children is the right idea, but the ideals are so diverse whose teachings will win out?

  4. A moving post. I too believe that terrorism must never be allowed to win! We must find a way to achieve peace….somehow.

  5. A wonderful write. I love how the image told a story of its own. I feel aligned with the comments that you added, with the prayer that someday we will move beyond violence as a way of settling our differences. I just finished reading a book about Ghandi. We need more like him in our day and age. I’d love a Ghandi to deal with some of the political strife that is rampant right now within my country!

  6. *If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. Mohandas Gandhi ~ a truth we must take forward ~ ty for sharing not only your thoughts but personal experiences Steve ~ Lib x

  7. I believe in teaching the children as well. It begins in the heart and warms the home before it ever reaches outside of those confines. Wonderful message.


  8. What a beautiful tribute and such true words about “starting with the children.” Well written and very poignant.

  9. Bravo!! Well thought and written!!
    What a great quote by M K Gandhi at the end!! Thank you for highlighting it and if everyone followed those principals wouldn’t the world be a better place to live!!

  10. I live near Brighton and the first thing I thought about this morning whilst listening to people speak on the radio about the dreadful events of ten years ago, was that day when the Grand Hotel suffered an attack. Thank you for writing this piece.

  11. When my kids were little I often thought of taking them to some remote island … in order to protect them from all the evil that’s going on in this world. Knowing that paradiese does not exist anywhere we stayed put. I do believe my kids grew up to become good human beings. I love this thought provoking poem, Bren … Love, cat.

  12. *If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. Mohandas Gandhi

    This struck a chord with me. Going through the poems here at dVerse, a common thread I have read in the comments is the word LOVE. It is encouraging to see this. Wonderful piece you have crafted, Thank you for sharing.

  13. If only we can bring peace…one day at a time, lovely piece, thank you for sharing….

  14. Thank goodness 90% of people think as you do! It’s the 10% that are scary. Incidentally, I went to college in Brighton way way back. It was on the seafront then.

  15. Well put, Bren. I had a friend who worked there but was thankfully out of town on business. Here in Virginia a plane hit the Pentagon. It was a long time after that before I could write again. Soemthing about the use of such creativity to visit death on so many, just froze my mind. I still can’t write about it.

  16. Very true, but sadly sometimes it’s just an endless cycle with the parent forcing their views on the children. As Brian said we so called adults could take a page or two from their book too.

  17. sorry, I am so rude … that was a beautiful bit of writing, very thought provoking, very well done … and may peace find you and all of us

  18. Sadly I find that very few people actually teach their children well … in this uber competative world where everyone wants more than their 15 minutes of fame little thinks like kindness and grace are not taught … i worry about the children of the future

  19. had the world flipped its fragile lid…i think we have to not only teach our children new ways but listen to their ideas on how it should be…

  20. “a war against war” – sign me up! I understand you when you call for love yet do not call yourself a pacifist. There are times to fight, but those times should be extremely rare, and everything should be done to avoid it.

  21. Such a beautiful sentiment. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world like that. Great Centus.

  22. The phrase “the children are our future” used to have some meaning in this country, but federal and state cuts to education have left me wondering just how the future leaders of our country will rule without first having had the best education that money can buy.

    There are factions currently on the political scene who believe that American should be run by conservative “Christians,” some of whom believe that the earth is only 6000 years old, and global warming is a lie. If these people are voted into public office, it does not bode well for the future of our country.

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