Today’s prompt is to write a poem that invokes a specific object as a symbol of a particular time, era, or place.
originally drafted to promote nuclear disarmament
based on the semaphore signals for N and D
my generation appropriated it to stand
for opposition to the war in Vietnam
it came to be associated with
long hair, love beads, bell bottoms, marijuana
but also with two fingers forming a V
and the general concept of peace
If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.
Live with everyone.
If possible, peace.
On your part.
It’s up to you.
Know when to hold your tongue,
When to compromise;
When to stand your ground.
What if it’s not possible?
What if you’re being peaceful, a peacekeeper, a peacemaker,
And others insist on aggression,