|If You Are Lucky In This Life
By Cameron Penny
November 7, 2009
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This poem was read at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's 26th Annual Evening for Peace
If you are lucky in this life
A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies.
And when the soldiers look into the window
They don’t see their enemies.
They see themselves as children.
And they stop fighting
And go home and go to sleep.
When they wake up, the land is well again.
was in the fourth grade in a Michigan school when he wrote this poem. It was originally published in the November/December 2001 issue of North American Review
. Published in Voices in Wartime Anthology
. Andrew Himes with Jan Bultmann and others, eds. Seattle, WA: Whit Press, Inc.Richard Hugo House 1534 Eleventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98112 www.whitpress.org