Communicating Nonviolently: A Preventive Checklist

POETRY FORMAT, 21 Oct 2019

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Let’s always harmonize. Let’s never antagonize.
Let’s always inspire. Let’s never conspire.
Let’s always cooperate. Let’s never intimidate.
Let’s always elevate. Let’s never deprecate.
Let’s always edify. Let’s never vilify.
Let’s always positivize. Let’s never demonize.
Let’s always construct. Let’s never destroy.
Let’s always respect. Let’s never mistreat.
Let’s always Life-support. Let’s never Life-kill.
Let’s always the environment protect.
Let’s never flora & fauna neglect.

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, ABA Global Education ( He can be reached at



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