Peace (for 2020)

they say peace is the absence of war
when no nation is task
to risk its citizen’s life,
when guns are a thing of the past
and soldiers are but your friendly neighbors marching.

they say peace is understanding one another
when no man debates
or no family disagrees
when an argument is only a political thing
and politicians
are but your friendly neighbors
making common decisions.

they say peace is being friends
with everyone
when no one is ostracizing someone
when prejudice is a thing
of centuries ago,
and racial discrimination
is but a neighborhood’s friendly conversation idea.

but peace is not just the absence of war
nor simply the need to understand
each other
or being friends with everyone
we can maintain inner peace and balance
in the presence of war,
conflict and misunderstanding.

our world is but a reflection
of the inner state of humanity
on a collective level
If there were peace within humanity,
our world would be at peace.


Have a PEACEFUL and BLESSED 2020 everyone!!!


Photos are of Bali Aroma Exclusive Villas

These villas offering guests a perfect ‘home’ for a family vacation, for those who seek a natural Balinese feel, style with privacy, and comfort all together.

Breakfast of your choice is being delivered and arranged in your open kitchen area every morning, or you can opt for a floating breakfast in your private pool or better yet request for a chef who will cook and prepare your food right in the comfort of your own private kitchen

It is peace amidst the chaos of Island living


A corner spot in the outdoor living room offers a sanctuary to write beautiful prose and poetry; and you can as well kick off your first draft for your first novel here (I just did😊😊😊)


My book is  still available for sale at

The PWW Centre
15 Market Street
30000 Ipoh
Tel : 05-2469715

Or you can visit their website:



  1. This is so deeply profound and true … what I’ve been trying to say over a thousand posts you have summed up perfectly in one!

    ah can you share the topic of your novel Mich? Glad you are having such a chill relaxed time!


    1. Oh, wow thanks for validating what i feel about humanity and the revolving issue/problem on “peace”.

      The theme of the novel is something really close to my heart .

      Happy new year kate and thanks for a wonderful year of beautiful friendship here and of your lovely and insightful posts/poems always..

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  2. Excellent powerful truthful wise timely poem!
    Beautiful photos!
    Yes, I do believe people must have inner peace (even when life is not peaceful) in order for us to see peace come to our world. Peace comes from within. No one can give it to us.
    And peaceful people are unselfish…they live with open hearts, open hands, open arms and open minds. 🙂 The more peaceful we are the more we can see, hear, understand, and do to positively impact the world.

    OH! I’m so excited to hear about you kicking off the first draft of your first novel! YAY and Congrats!!! 🙂

    Happy New Year, Mich! To you and your precious family! 🙂
    HUGS!!! and ❤ and 🕊 !!! (That is a dove with an olive branch! 🙂 )


    1. Thank you so much Carolyn ..your comments and insights warm my heart always….in the same way as your “hugs” too..

      Peace really comes from within…and no one can give it to us..

      I love this “And peaceful people are unselfish…they live with open hearts, open hands, open arms and open minds. 🙂 The more peaceful we are the more we can see, hear, understand, and do to positively impact the world.”

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  3. your poem is serenity and hope delivered on a platter of kindness, beautifully worded Mich dear. The atmosphere is inspirational and soul refreshing, thank you for sharing your lovely holiday with us. many blessings to you and your loved ones.


    1. Thank you so much Gina…it was a beautiful and relaxing trip. And thank you too for a beautiful year of having you around in WP and of course meeting you was the icing on the cake.
      Send my love to your lovely family as well.

      P. S

      I read about your poem on the movie “The Water Diviner” i was about to leave a comment ‘cos i have watched it too and it touched my heart so much..and you just validated my feelings and thoughts about it (i am.not sure if comments were disabled there or its my WP again)

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      1. and more coffee dates to come!

        it was my side, seems the default is to no comments – not sure how that happened – but Kate alerted me and I fixed it – sorry you could not comment there earlier.

        I loved that movie – and did not know you watched it too – so touching right? and of course it holds deep meaning for me.


  4. Peace and Joy to you and yours this new Year! I love the photos of an idyllic haven. Your poem is both lovely and thought provoking. Inner peace should result in world peace – sadly it doesn’t seem to be easy to obtain (inner peace and worldly peace).


  5. Yes, I think inner peace is the ultimate goal for us all. If we have that, it’s hard to see how external peace wouldn’t naturally exist because of it. Excellent poem! Thanks for sharing!


  6. Your words ring true! Peace is not a noun – it is a verb, it requires action not just lip service. I wonder if our outer peace is always dependent on having inner peace. Could having peaceful surroundings including being surrounded by peace loving people make a person feel more at peace internally?


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