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The Perfect Solution


Friday, April 12, 2013

“We think that a war is the perfect solution,”

Begins a new global resolution,

Written by kids, kitty cats and small bees

And approved by birds, bats, tiny dogs and green trees.

“We declare,” it proposes, “that a war could be fun,

If new rules were written where everyone won!”

“The first rule,” it states in this brand new petition,

“Is that you must get your good mother’s permission.”

Now the second rule says “That the weapons of war

All shall be purchased at the grocery store

And shared the world over so peace could be spread

Like soft peanut butter on warm loaves of bread”

“And the guns in this battle must squirt lemonade

Over bursting balloons in a silly parade

That giggles and wiggles its way through each town,

In ripples of laughter to heal the world round.”

“Here, we ask you to join us, in fact we implore

That all the world’s leaders must go door to door

With a global petition called ‘Let-Peace-Shine Through’

Worded by kids that begins… “I love you!”

“Yes to love and not hate is the best kind of war

The one we propose that all grown-ups explore.

Hurry, quick, go surrender before your war starts,

To the prayers of your children, may we conquer your hearts!”

In response to modern civilization’s ongoing engagement in more and more terrifying wars, I am asserting that this poem The Perfect Solution, which came noisily channeling through me during one of my quieter morning meditations, is in fact the sum total voices of all the world’s prophets, saints, sages and gurus throughout all time… when they were little kids.

No, really, I wouldn’t be making something of such vital importance like this up and I am definitely not into messing with the one way ticket to heaven that I think or at least hope I have. Seriously, what is going on in North Korea, Africa, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, and on and on requires one heck of a megasolution that, bottom line, I don’t think us grown-ups, within our all too busy and chaotic lives, seem to currently possess.

So when the endless rounds of talks, diplomacy and sanctions continue to fall on deaf ears, well, then it’s time to bring in the Extra Special Forces of our children with their legion of kitty cats, gold fish and puppies to win our collective hearts. Trained in the ancient arts of laughter and smiles, these adorable little warriors can and will take on the world.

Permission requested to proceed!

Ken Cohen is a children’s book author living in Santa Barbara and founder of Wonder To Wisdom Enterprises.

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