When I think of Sadako folding cranes to heal her bomb-caused sickness, and her friends crane-forming in hopes for her health, in a yearning for safety and peace, at once arises a wish for joy for all children on this earth, for the goodness of life they deserve, that murder-wars will cease
as we cry out with fervor against the plagues of pain: Never again.
Never again to waste young growth-time, squander play and pleasure; O, defend the glory of children, their striving, their learning season; O, renew the pledge this Peace Day: end the lusts of greed and war, the slaughter of the innocents, insane beyond all reason.
And we cry out with fervor against the plagues of pain: Never again.
Never again, in the name of all children; Never again, in reverence of what young lives are for; Never again: may the words come from the heart: O, take up the work of peace, Peace-Warrior!
No more bombing, no more burning, cranes of hope fly free; No more children slain in horror. Work and Love can make it be.
In the name of all the children: Never again.
In the name of all the children -- Work and Love can make it be.
Barry Spacks is Poet Laureate Emeritus of Santa Barbara and teaches writing and literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara.