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Painting Peace


Poem in English and French by Maria Chouchtari - Montreal, CanadaPoem in English and French by Maria Chouchtari - Montreal, CanadaImagine a Neighborhood !
Imagine a world !
Imagine the world in color
What is the color of Laughter ?
What is the color of Friendship ?
Can we paint such a World?
Let's start by adding a blue Sky and a verdant Tree!
Even the freezing winter doesn't scare us
The environment makes you to want to take a deep breath
The Flowers lift our spirits
The children are always happy
Life has painted us in many colors
And wants us to take an active part in it!
It's all about getting to know each other
Finding out who are the people in our neighborhood
By putting brushstrokes on a canvas
If only we could paint PEACE !
What color would it be?
Red? Black? Yellow? White?
Why, all the colors mixed together, of course!
Men, Women, Youth and children
Trying to live together in perfect Harmony!
Paying attention to education, to saving the environment and
Good nutrition and Taking care of wellness first
Making sure we progress, step by step, in the right direction
Hand in hand creating that feeling of unity!
O this wondrous peace can be tasted in small portions,
Life makes us feel that friendship is The Most Important
We are attracted to color, and also to good sentiments
Fraternal brotherhood and a good brushstrokes makes us feel at ease
All the while Consulting on how we are doing and what do we paint next
It all seems to come together nicely on canvas
Since we are all colors, why not paint a rainbow?
Even if we haven't quite finished all the details
This canvas is taking shape
We know that life really happens beyond walls and fences
My Community is being built in small increments with great heartbeats
Our new world is taking shape
With our fine brushstrokes and lots of chocolate hearts


PEINDRE LA PAIX

Imagine un quartier
Imagine un monde
Imagine la vie en couleur
Quelle est la couleur du rire?
Quelle est la couleur de l’amitié?
Peut-on peindre ce monde?
Tout en ajoutant un ciel bleu et un arbre vert
Même le froid d’hiver ne nous fait pas peur
L’environnement nous laisse le temps de bien respirer
Les fleurs nous donne la joie
Les enfants sont toujours heureux
Notre vie nous colorie avec plein de couleurs
Le meilleur c’est notre volonté de participer
Et d’essayer de connaître nos voisins
En faisant un coup de pinceau
Si la paix pouvait se peindre
De quelle couleur sera-t-elle?
Rouge, noir, jaune, blanc?
Toutes les couleurs mélangées ensemble!
Faites d’hommes et de femmes, de jeunes et d’enfants
Cherchant à vivre ensemble en harmonie
Faisant attention à l’éducation, à l’environnement, à l’alimentation
Bien sûr! à « la Santé avant tout » disent-t-ils
Mais surtout au progrès, avançant pas à pas sur le bon chemin,
Main dans la main, créant une atmosphère d’unité,
Où la Paix se consomme par petites bouchées !
La vie nous laisse sentir que l’amitié est le plus important
La couleur nous attire. Les bonnes ententes aussi
La fraternité, et un bon coup de pinceau fait détendre
La consultation, ça avance petit à petit, tout à l’aire de rentrer en ordre
Nous sommes de toutes les couleurs et c’est beau à voir notre arc-en-ciel
Même si on n'a pas fini tout le tableau, on sait que la vie continue de battre son plein
Et la vraie vie se passe en dehors des murs et clôtures
La Communauté se bâtie à petits pas et aux grands battements de cœur
Un monde nouveau se met à se découvrir
Par des  petits coups de pinceaux, et beaucoup de cœurs en chocolats


- maria chouchtari

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