March 23

Haiku: From Hearts, Voices And Frayed Nerves…

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“In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.” Christopher Morley

Haiku: From Our Hearts, Voices & Nerves...
Haiku: From Our Hearts, Voices & Frayed Nerves…

The latest terror
Violence rends flesh to shreds
smashed hearts, voices … nerves

Coursing through sinews
Hate seeks to end global peace
Clinging to warped tales

Can we build bridges?
From hearts, voices, and frayed nerves
To heal … our wounded

With hearts of courage
Love’s peaceful pathway triumphs
Against the terror

The many recent acts of terror around the world have left us confounded and deeply concerned. We have seen and heard of the carnage, and each incident in any part of the world is an attempt to derail the path to peaceful coexistence. We must not stay silent. Use your voice to teach those around you that violence is never an answer to discontent…

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“If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on!'” Rudyard Kipling

Haiku: From Our Hearts, Voices & Nerves...
Haiku: From Our Hearts, Voices & Frayed Nerves…

A bloody spring day
Hatred and screams rent the air…
Striking hearts and nerves

Peace pathways maligned
Clinging to broken branches
hearts, homes … sacred space

Our voices carry
Lamenting our global loss
Mother Earth’s … keening

Love’s armor prevails
etched on hearts and frazzled nerves
As we mourn lives lost.

As we mourn all our fellow men/women who have lost their lives in acts of terror and violence around the world, let us find some comfort in Kipling’s advice and Hold On! Hold on to the path of peace, faith and goodwill towards our global family. Let’s hold on to ending all forms of terror and violence in our world.

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – NERVE

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: NERVE: Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Here are the steps to get started.

Positive Motivation Tip:  May our hearts, voices and actions be used in the support of the path to peaceful coexistence on this planet. Hold on!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via Pixabay or from my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • When I think of nerve, the first thing that comes to mind is my last one. I get annoyed way too easily.

  • I love these haiku. We have to remember not to let anger or grief make our decisions for us in times like these. Time after time it’s shown to create more tragedy.

  • Instead of focusing on the negative, the violence and the awful things happening not just in Belgium, but numerous places across the world, I choose to keep my mind free from all that negativity. I prefer to focus on the wonders of humanity, the good and the kind.

  • The turmoil that the world faces is just devastating! It is horrible to think of the loss suffered by so many. God be with Brussels and her people.

  • Acts of terror are always something that breaks heart but I wish people would pay attention to acts of terror all over the world. Its happening daily.

  • That was beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. It gives a lot to think about, it brings up a lot of emotions.

  • You alwasy have very interesting point o view and the Haiku looks pretty cool too

  • I agree that we should do our small parts in making the world a slightly better place to live in day by day. Making world peace happen seems like a long shot, but if you just be kinder, nicer, and helpful to others around you, changes, no matter how little they may be, will happen.

  • Love these quotes and this part “May our hearts, voices and actions be used in the support of the path to peaceful coexistence on this planet.” Well-said !I pray that all the world may find peace.

  • I think that we all could use a little more nerve sometimes. Sometimes it is hard to tell people your opinion, but sometimes you need to anyway.

  • So true – it is so hard to see all the violence and find hope, but it is important to continue forward with love in hearts and a goal of peace.

  • The recent attack in Belgium is horrifying, although it happens, a lot more than most people know, in other countries. Hate is such a frightening thing.

  • I’m deeply saddened to see what’s happening around the world. I wish some people would realize that violence is not a good solution to problems.

  • If there is a little space for love and sympathy in every heart, the world will be a better place. Peace and no war, love and no hate.

  • What fantastic writing! I loved your poem, very moving and so appropriate given the recent acts of terror. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing interpretation of the theme!

  • What a heartfelt and inspiring poem. With the recent events this is so true that we must keep our faith in peace.

  • You know Dr Who is not real but the message is. Terror exists because humanity has given in to all kinds of fears perpetuating Terror as a new way to spread fear. If we as one voice refuse to be intimidated, refuse to be afraid and refuse to give in to their demands. The world will be a better place. Yes we must have the NERVES to do this, and many people’s nerves are frayed for the pain they have been put through and atrocities they have seen. May Light, Joy and Peace prevail.

    Julie Syl Kalungi

  • Honestly, I just want to get in bed and pull the covers over my head. This is just too much, when is it going to end?

  • The darkness all around us is heartbreaking. What I “hold on” to is faith, and the enormous outpouring of love amid such horrible acts.

  • So very moving. I have been thinking about the recent events a lot, and how I will explain them to my son. I hope more than anything that I can be courageous enough to show him through my actions that we must stand up and work together to achieve peace and support humanity with acts of kindness not violence.

  • Praying for the world. May we, in our lifetime, witness peace, mutual respect and understanding across all nations and religions.

  • Why do acts of terrors have to happen. I worry about all this hatred in the world.

  • Thank you for writing about this. Terror is so horrible – and unnecessary. I just wish people would get along.

  • Beautiful haunting words about another sad and needless event. You have picked some simple yet powerful words to convey the hurt as well as yearn for peace.

  • I don’t know how anyone can justify acts of terrorism. It’s horrible for those it affects and the country as a whole.

  • There’s so many attacks going in around the world at the moment it’s awful, why can’t we just live in harmony?! I agree with you, we all need to speak up

  • It’s really sad that there are so many acts of terrors lately. I hope the world would put a premium on peace and unity.

  • I am also just depressed at the attacks! I hope to see a world with no terrorists or terrorism soon…

  • The world is in a bad place right now and we definitely need healing. I hope things will turn around really soon.

  • So sad, soon these things will be happening more in the US if we don’t wake up & screen people coming to our country better!

  • We all need to stand united and try our best to maintain peace and humanity. Especially as a parent, we have to ensure that kids make this world better. Those Haikus are so short yet so so meaningful..

  • I can’t imagine what kind of people would think of deliberately harming and killing others. They’ve clearly lost their humanity.

  • With the airport bombing in Brussels Belgium makes me sa scared. I really pray that we copuld find peace amidst these things.

  • Love your line that screams “rent the air.” How appropriate since the hope that it will be temporary is so important to healing.

  • Cant believe after many wars we have gone through we havent achieve peaceful coexistence on this planet. We only have one. We have to live and let others live too

  • The world has always been in turmoil, but now it seems the maelstrom is an excuse for inhumane acts against the innocent. A cowards war.

  • One thing I can always count on is your blog making me think. You make me go deeper into how I look at and feel about things.

  • Great post! I just don’t understand why people want to terrorize others. It solves nothing.

  • Hi Elizabeth,

    Beautiful piece of writing and I loved your poem. You have crafted your emotions beautifully. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    Have a great weekend!

  • fantastic writing! peaceful co-existence is what we all crave for in today’s scenario!

  • Peace may sound like a tough thing to do but only if people took heart and everyone cooperated, it could be achieved. The world should start being united …

  • very inspiring. indeed we need to hold on to peace and faith with all the not so nice things happening in our world today

  • Such a beautiful quote from Christopher Morley to start with & I agree the recent terror attacks is absolutely shocking that we all have live with a fear about how our next generation is going to handle it. After all Violence can never bring a solution.

  • This is wonderful information to learn, especially to someone like me who barely knows any thing about people’s heart.

  • The recent act of terror in Brussels is so sad and senseless. And to think, there are so many others around the world that do not get the same attention.

  • It’s always best to chill a little and never let anger lead us. If possible.

  • One day, all nations will unite and help one another achieve world peace. One day, no child will have to suffer the atrocities of war. And one day, we will all live in a world full of love and peace and harmony. I hope that day will happen soon.

  • Wow this is so powerful and has amazing imagery. Hopefully one day soon, the world will be at peace and we can all stop living with negativity.

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