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Ruth Le Prade: Out of Chaos

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

Women writers on peace and war

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Ruth Le Prade
Out of Chaos

I sit alone and gaze over the world,
I see Europe ravaged by the Fiend of War.
I see the whole world tremble ‘ neath its feet.

I see the men of Germany hating the men of England.
I see the men of England hating the men of Germany.
I see them butchering each other upon the bloody fields;
Dropping bombs upon each other;
Killing each other with poisonous gases.
I see the men in the submarines sinking the huge vessels.
I see the people leap into the black water – and disappear.

I see the race warring against itself
With all the hellish cruelty of civilization.

Each nation prays unto its God for victory.

I see the harvest of the thing called Patriotism
Which was planted in the human heart as good
But which yields only race hatred, murder, cruelty, bestiality, ignorance.

I see the harvest of the thing called Nationalism
Which sets the nations at each other’s throats.

I sit alone and gaze over the world,
Filled with unutterable anguish, dumb with pain.

I sit alone and gaze over the world.
And then my soul is lifted in a mighty shout
Prophetic of the unity of man.

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I am a child of the world.
I owe allegiance to no country more than another country;
To no flag more than another flag;
The boundary of no nation hems me in;
And I love no race of people more than another race of people.
All humanity to me is sacred,
And all humanity is one.

(Shall the head be at war with the feet;
And the hands seek to tear out the heart;
And the organism thru ignorance destroy itself?)

Oh a man is a man!
He is sacred and marvelous.
It matters not where he was born ;
Or the language that he speaks.
His blood is precious.
His flesh is wonderful.
He is the child of God.

I refuse to be robbed of my sanity.
I refuse to murder my brother – who is part of myself.
I extend my hands to him saying,
“You are my comrade and I love you.”

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