Sheath the Sword Now


Katyayani Singh – TRANSCEND Media Service

Halt, Cease, and Retreat

Halt the war Comrade if you can, and speak without the sword,
Convince if you can, sans the military horde.
The world is ready to be with you on board,
If only you can strike their heart with a musical chord.

Cease the killings if you can, for we know it is not your resolution,
But somehow you think it is the final solution,
And that is thy greatest delusion.
If only you knew, your solution rests in your fusion,

You would never have taken advantage of your freedom,
You would have looked after your people as also, as your nearby kingdom.
The powers you possess would have been used with wisdom
Making wars and killings a phenomenon, that occurs only seldom.

Stop, wait and look around and see the oozing blood,
Flowing through the soil and lying on the mud,
You may find corpses of someone’s or perhaps your own beloved,
That will be soon flowing in the flood.

What did you get from this, other than humanity’s hate,
Whom did you conquer by your speedy killing rate,
The innocent beings lost their lives and the land now, is in a barren state,
For god’s sake halt, cease, and wait, before it is too late.

There are many as we know who have flouted the international peace,
In various places at multiple instances, with great ease,

We urge all of you with collective pleas
To retreat from these killing sprees.


Dr. Katyayani Singh is co-author of the book, The Nonkilling Paradigm (Springer, 2020). With a Ph.D. in Political Science, she is Assistant Professor at Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal, and General Secretary of the Center for Global Nonkilling India. She is also a Member, Political Science Research Committee, Center for Global Nonkilling, Hawaii.


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