World Peace

<em>It's the 60th anniversary of the start of the second world war</em>

The beginning of the end, it was,

when words like peace were inked

on papers, treaties, all because

it made all wars extinct.

How quietly we live our lives.

No bombs are blown or thrown

at husbands, mothers, sisters, wives

inside our safety zone.

In Kurdistan, Peru and Chad,

In Kosovo and Derry,

our world is really not half bad.

Is this inspiring? Very.

In Dagestan and Lebanon

the dogs of war are thwarted:

Sixty years have come and gone,

It's over, thank you. Sorted.

This article first appeared in the 06 September 1999 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Essay - Whatever happened to liberty?