While viewing the trailer for Denzel Washington’s new summer blockbuster, “2 Guns,” I was empowered to write this poem. Does peace have to be sexy in order to get some attention, or be internationally recognized? Why are violence, guns, and bombs presented as being sexy? If looks are important, then how can me make peace look sexy?
How Can We Make Peace Sexy?
How can we make peace
As sexy as Denzel Washington
Brandishing a gun or a bomb?
How can we make peace as
Sexy as Tom Cruise, Will Smith,
Gweneth Paltrow or Angelina Jolie?
How can we make peace sexy?
So to it the masses pay attention?
So that to a leader who speaks about peace,
Our children and youth listen?
I find it uncomfortably necessary
To make peace as sexy as Halle Berry.
How can we make peace sexy enough
To make gun lovers salivate over it
Enough to support an effective
Department Of Peace?
How can we make peace sexy:
Like half-dressed car models
Expensive cognac or sleek beer bottles
The new en vogue teenage band
A well-known soap opera star
So that about peace we want to understand?
How can we make peace something
that’s constantly in demand?
How can we make peace sexy? Sultry?
Hot? Steamy? Dreamy? To die for?
To make people come back for more?
Make it so sexy that no one
will ever remember, or think about, war.
How can we make peace sexier
Than a fast red car? So that it is
not considered strange or bizarre?
I take a deep breath, then slowly release.
Wondering how do we create a sexy peace.
Our schools, our streets, our neighborhoods,
our communities, our cities, our world
Needs peace. Peace.
© Christopher D. Sims
April 29, 2013
Photo: Meme of Angelina Jolie without guns comes from Thumbs and Ammo: “Real tough guys don’t need guns, they just need a positive, can-do attitude.”