To elect peace… | Samantha Terrell 

Violent Whispers

There are things terror is, and
There are things it isn't. 
Terror is rage-filled, unrest.
It is injustice
That sometimes stems from the same.
Terror is unchecked power, for certain.
It is every emotion inspired by its name.

Terror is busy and conniving, 
Appealing its case to both young and old,
Knowing if it's not persistent, 
It may not make its way in the world.
But terror isn't always what we're 
Told; it's not always grandiose 
Displays of power.
Sometimes, terror simply 
Whispers bitter somethings 

In the ears of the once democratically-elected.

Peace #3
digital art
Dean Pasch ©2022

Introduction to Pacifism

The exigency of humanity
Is met in ignoring the opportunity
To elect peace
Over war,
Even as we acknowledge 
Embracing such a choice is espoused to valor.

There is action
In inaction—
Particularly in death.
If we first meet peace in the pacifist's demise, we risk losing 
Humanity’s only trait 
Ever worthy of defending.

Peace #2
digital art
Dean Pasch ©2022

The Great Charade

Have parents always 
Lied to protect their young?

Dirt mounds
And burial grounds
Expect nothing more than
Earthen peace.

But we seek abundance,
Rather than relief
From falsehoods 
About the nature of it all. 

When will we stop pretending
The world isn't ending?

Peace #21
digital art
Dean Pasch ©2022

©2022 Samantha Terrell
All rights reserved

Samantha Terrell…

…is an internationally published American poet. Her books Vision, and Other Things We Hide From (Potter’s Grove Press), and Keeping Afloat (JC STUDIO Press), have earned 5-star reviews. In 2021, Terrell received First Honorable Mention in the “Anita McAndrews Poets for Human Rights Awards” organized by Poets Without Borders. Her newest collection, Simplicity, and Other Things We Overcomplicate is currently available for pre-order.

Find links to Samantha’s books on her Website


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2 thoughts on “To elect peace… | Samantha Terrell 

  1. Samantha addresses the deep unspoken attitudes which support injustices. Exposure to these biases helps understanding, and promotes behavioral change.

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