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100 Thousand Poets for Change:

Online Gallery 

Lost Horse Press and BCHRTF are proud to sponsor 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a worldwide online in which poets, musicians, and artists from around the world join together to promote peace, sustainability and justice. 
This gallery features submissions from local artists, writers, and musicians who are using their art to bring about  serious social, environmental, and political change. Worldwide submissions can be found at www.100tpc.org.

Jody Pignolet

Jody Pignolet

  • Jody Pignolet

    I'm not giving up on peace today 

    I have been inspired lately imagining what we would be without war 

    Imagining what we could do with our energy if we weren't spending it on opposition I want to blame the others 

    That's certainly divisive 

    But it takes two to tango and both sides must contribute 

    It is 2020, I know peace is possible 

    We're simply lacking in imagination if we think it is not 

    We have smart phones, space stations and robots 

    Don't tell me it's impossible 

    I don't believe that nonsense 

    Peace is always possible for those who want it 


    I'm not giving up on peace today 

    You're either working towards it or preparing for war 

    You can't do both 

    I'm just as guilty as the next guy 

    I'm just as capable of pointing the finger 

    It's what we know 

    And we should know it, we've been dancing this step for millennia 

    We're accomplished at participating in conflict 

    We're adept at creating and fostering separation 

    Most of us can do it in our sleep 

    Awareness is the first step 

    To break out of the old pattern requires consciousness 

    To believe in a third option requires inspiration 

    And it can start with just two 


    I'm not giving up on peace today 

    I reject the conclusion that it's too late 

    I believe peace is who we are at our cores 

    That it is preset in everyone 

    Even in those who look like the enemy 

    They love their mama, they pet their dog this morning 

    They want something and fear losing it 

    Chances are, at the core, it is the same thing as you 

    Don't tell me it's hopeless 

    Even when it appears that way 

    Today I'm going to keep on believing 

    Perhaps it can start with just one 

  • Jody Pignolet

    It is long past time to get about the business of creating a better world 

    As humans we have brought to fruition marvels of mortal imagination 

    We have also played - on repeat - the brutal destruction of those we don't like 

    We make up countless and original justifications but it's all the same plot 

    We have desired the top 


    It is long past time to get about the business of creating a better world 

    As humans we have fought for the idea of freedom 

    We have stood on foreign land and railed against global oppression and bullying 

    We have also turned a blind eye and given enthusiastic oppressors a pass on our own soil 

    We have desired the win 


    It is long past time to get about the business of creating a better world 

    As humans we have been waking up to the possibility of peace 

    We have, in actuality, been doing so for thousands of years 

    We have known for at least that long that our experiments in extinguishing those we don't like won't yield the lasting peace we say we want 

    We have desired the drama 


    It is long past time to get about the business of creating a better world 

    As humans we have had the audacity to dream, compose, engineer and heal 

    We have continued to expand the scope of what is possible for the human mind to materialize We have proclaimed our commitment to advancement while leaving others in the dust of poverty 

    We have desired the glory 


    It is long past time to get about the business of creating a better world 

    As humans we have been ready and able, though are we willing to bring to fruition equality for all 

    We have been ready and able, though are we willing to fight for freedom for all 

    We have been ready and able, though are we willing to work for peace for all 

    We have been ready and able, though are we willing to materialize opportunity for all 


    It is long past time to get about the business of creating a better world for all 

  • Brian D' Aoust (with apologies to Mr. Frost)

    Something there is that doesn't love a brain 

    Could it be from Mother Nature's shame 

    At what God wrought; knowing not who to blame Nor what evolving instincts sought to tame? 

    As coalescing tribes found ways to thrive 

    By targeting "the other"-as bad lies 

    While promising nirvana when we die! 

    These myths, persisting for millennia-are lies. But rather than admit some new beginnings 

    Man clung to worn out tropes with logic thinning And shallow thought then came to be "new normal" With common folk rejecting all things formal 

    So, civil discourse landing with a bump, 

    Small wonder that we ended up with Trump! 

  • Jackie Henrion

    New life springs from the soaked black soil g c 

    Some of it, she pulls up from the roots g d7 

    Weeding, while thinking of mother things g c 

    Sometimes she wonders - who is she to choose? d7 em em 


    Turning, she sees her baby toddling c g 

    Proud that he's motoring along am d7 

    Yesterday he was only crawling g c 

    Now he runs headlong into her arms d7 d7 


              Kneeling, she sees the world em bm 

              From a different view c d7 

              Trust ---- strength ---- am em 

              Love she can't overdo d7 d7 d7 


    Buttoning his raincoat for the walk to school g c 

    Reminding him she will always love him g d7 

    "Call for me when you need strength" g c 

    Rising, her smile flashes above him d7 em em 


    Now I'm kneeling in this place I call holy c g 

    Trying to figure out how feelings flow am d7 

    How a man can kneel for nine minutes g c 

    And not feel what mothers know d7 d7 


              Kneeling, we see the world em bm 

              From a different view c d7 

              Trust --- strength ---- am em 

              And love overdue d7 d7 d7 


    Losing twenty dollars takes a moment c g 

    But taking a life, moves humankind am d7 

    For the Lost and Found are in the same place g c 

    And we search there many, many times d7 d7 


              Kneeling, we see the world em bm From a different view c d7 

              Trust --- strength -- am em 

              And love------ overdue d7 d7 em 

              And love-------- long overdue d7 d7 em

  • Christi Kramer

    The fifth element: alley Young boy running from the devil, or cobble, hop.  In his story, 

                she never understood alley. 

    Where her birth and running were all trees. Climbing vertical, root even, though down.


    Then someone said Beloved and she knew: the object of the alley.

    Enter seller, basket weaver.


    Since we are all invited, let us move to alley.  Call out, shall we: watermelon, onion, milk.


    You see that weaver, he returns to the same window each night.  Sometimes fifty cents mean I love you. The tarry, please, light your lamp.


    If we begin to do the work of alley: we all become light.


    So, if in the alley, and you see a caged creature, offer key. And drink

    Sit then:  cup unwashed, alloy of yansoon and mint.

  • Vicki Blake

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