The war within-a poem

In peaceful times we flow

Like a river unperturbed

In times of war within

The mind becomes disturbed

Like soldiers we rise to fight

For the peace we know exists

We fight the battle with valour

But the war within persists.

It isn’t until we let go

Of our desire to win the war

A truce will then arise

And peace will come to the fore


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Comments 28 comments

Glyss 4 years ago

That really moved me.... Thank you!


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand Author

Yes indeed that works too. Pure endurance certainly can win the battle at times.

As an aside. I have been away from hubpages for a while and tried that feature out.I'm still finding where they put everything as its all changed haha. I forgot how I grouped them but now I am discovering through your comments which ones are in there. Glad you are following the links and appreciate the time you are taking to read them and give useful feedback!


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

I am here from "Prisoners of the Mind". I love your poems. I must say, there are times when the battle is won by pure endurance.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

I agree not always easy to find! Thank you rich! Love and peace to you


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richtwf 6 years ago

That's a beautiful poem with a great message.

Many of our battles are those with ourselves - our minds. When are minds are in a state of turmoil, there is a struggle within and sometimes it's better to surrender than to keep on fighting ourselves. The question is when to stop. Finding inner peace isn't easy and one of the hardest things for man to do is to control his own mind. If he can learn to use his mind and control it well then we wouldn't have so many internal and external conflicts!

Cheers for sharing this wonderful poem and God bless and peace to you!


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

May we indeed Lady E Thanks for dropping by!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting and thought provoking.

May we all find peace within. :)


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Agree Erin. Thank you!


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Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

Beautiful Penny. It is that conflict, that keeps us writers writing! From the wrestling within that it takes to call that truce is where some of our best work comes, I think. Your poetry says so much in so few words, its truly a wonderful gift you have. Namaste my friend.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Awww sa'ge you are too too kind. Thank you!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

This is truly an inspiring piece of poetic mastery. Thank you much for this wonderful works. You are a gifted inciteful poet. :D hugs :D


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Mark: Thanks for dropping by

Vietnamvet: I like that you can spread peace and truth Thanks and God Bless


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vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

There is still a war in my heart so I can spread the peace and truth to open peoples eyes. Great write. God Bless


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Complacent yes and keeping the fires burning is great! Thank you


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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have to say that conflict in me is not without merit. Otherwise, I might become complacent. It keeps the fires burning. On the downside, it is detrimental to everyone's health. I love your piece. It has so much depth and truth. Love it.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Yes Power to the people! Thank you!


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Castlepaloma 6 years ago from Saskatchewan, Canada

Power to the people

Short and sweet.

More power to your writing too.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Saddlerider: I agree peace and love is all we need...hugs to you and thanks!

Epigramman: So true what would the foot soldiers write about. Was happy to drop by your hubs. Enjoyed the experience Thanks


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epigramman 6 years ago

....strong words which carry such a profound poetic weight ...there is a war within me - so that is why I write - I also write because of mixed feelings - mixed emotions - and if we had no conflict in this world what would all of the foot soldiers write about .....

Bravo to you and your wonderful writing style and thanks for dropping by and making my evening too here in Canada by the Lake of Erie on a cold winter`s night!!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I have fought small and sometime major battles most of my life, but the past 15 years I have come to terms with life and have put my warrior pride aside and humbly bow down to peace and love. I have surrendered my soul and by doing so my heart has changed. Peace and love is all we need..hugs


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Surrendering is a more apt description. I like it. Thank you!


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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

"It isn’t until we let go

Of our desire to win the war....."

So true! Most of us have experienced such wars within and have found respite in surrendering, finally. Perhaps there's no other way to bring peace. Thanks for a wonderful hub.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

I love the passage you quoted there is much wisdom in it! Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed it!


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CMCastro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

We must put on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.") It benefits everyone to know that a relationship with God's Son and a desire to do His will creates an inner strength that makes the Soul stronger so to handle any trials that come.

Peace to you oh Hubbing Sis, and you are a Strong person just knowing the difference. Awesome Hub!!!


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

I am glad you enjoyed it my friend!


Antoine Van Hove 6 years ago

Voted up and voted as "AWASOME"! Didn't have to hesitate for one single moment!

This is clearly the very visable reflection of a true personal awakening, pennyofheaven!

Keep up the good work!


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand Author

Thank you Mickey Glad you could stop by and enjoyed it.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Awesomely useful and beautiful Penny. God bless you Dear!

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