Standing with Pablo

POETRY FORMAT, 19 Mar 2018

David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service

Like the three tenors, like three pillars,
there are three Pablos for peace:
Picasso, Neruda and Peredes.

The first painted Guernica, the second
wrote poems as an act of peace.
The third refuses to fight in Iraq.

There is talk about the conscience of mankind.
But there is no such thing, only
the conscience of each individual.

Pablo Picasso painted the horrors of war,
Pablo Neruda wrote poems of love and decency,
Pablo Peredes refused to kill or be killed

The three Pablos are comrades against arms.
They stand together for human dignity.
Should we not stand with them?


David Krieger is founder and president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. Amongst several of his wide-spanning leadership endeavors in global peacebuilding, he is a founder and a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, councilor on the World Future Council, and is the chair of the Executive Committee of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility. Dr. Krieger is the author of many books and studies of peace in the Nuclear Age. He has written or edited more than 20 books and hundreds of articles and book chapters. He is a recipient of several awards and honors, including the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology Peace Writing Award for Poetry (2010). He has a new collection of poems entitled Wake Up.  For more visit the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website:


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