The Song of the Peacemaker


Disarm, disarm all worldly harm,
while we sleep in midnight calm;
oh speckled stars of cleansing light
prepare the mists of change for flight;
watch their curling cloud-forms flow
through all life-forms here below;
that they may balance rain and sun,
creating food for everyone;
melt mad greed from heads of State,
banish anger, war and hate.

Disarm, disarm all worldly harm,
while we sleep in midnight calm;
Cleanse this spell in mountain stream;
build the future from a dream.

©Jane Paterson Basil

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Song of the Three Witches, from Macbeth:

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

28 thoughts on “The Song of the Peacemaker

    1. Thank you Calen. I’m healing. Back when things were rough my writing reflected my mania – I’d suddenly switch from furious poems about addiction right over to crazy humour. I’m more balanced now. I am honoured to have been entrusted with the lives and the difficulties of my children.

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          1. Through the miners’ strike she taught many of us that resistance is futile, that if the government wants a thing to happen it will bulldoze people until it gets its own way. Mind you, Tony Blair reinforced this by taking us into an illegal war, didn’t he. So much for representing the people

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            1. I guess Blair reckoned that if Thatcher could give an order to bomb a retreating submarine – thereby starting the Faulklands war – he, too, was above the law. I was an active part of the Labour Party during the miner’s strike. Even in Barnstaple we were helping the strikers. When Blair took over I left the party. He was a Tory disguised by a red ribbon.

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              1. Yes, A tragic disappointment after all those years in opposition – we all had such high hopes. I often wonder how they live with it, the people in power whose policies lead directly to people suffering and dying. Do they sleep at night, do you think? Do they have to visit a psychiatrist for years just to stop the panic attacks? Last time I saw Tony Blair, he looked like he hadn’t slept for at least two years …

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                  1. This weekend we’ve spent a lot of time in a hospital (visiting) and on the train network travelling across country. I can attest that both are on their knees and at the brink of collapse – or so it seemed to our eyes. I wonder where this running down of essential services is going to end. It seems like a roundabout way to euthanase those who can’t afford private healthcare, pensions. Depressing stuff Jane

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                    1. It was a depressing visit, Jane. There was a big, electric board, flashing away, reminding staff to get patients out as soon as possible – and that’s on an oncology ward! No one seems to know results of tests, prognosis and you rarely get to speak to a doctor. And there are couple of horror stories (a visit to A & E and a night of messy neglect) of which I won’t share the details but it amounts a system in its knees. Added to that a train trip across country with replacement buses, severe delays, filth and drunk Brummies and we came away feeling rather depressed about the the state of the nation. Thank you for your kind words, dear Jane. I appreciate your thinking of us xx

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                    2. I’m sorry it was such a horrible experience. My last visit to a hospital was much happier – if you can call watching a man die “happy” 😉 The staff were fantastic, calm and attentive – in an over-worked hospital that the Government is trying to gradually close down. I wish the patient had been in Barny instead of Brum. {{{hugs}}} xx

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                    3. Thank you Jane. Sadly, it’s an ongoing issue that shows no sign of coming to an end soon. I’m glad your experience was more positive though – it shows there can be dignity in death

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