If you are lucky in this life, A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies. And when the soldiers look into the window They don’t see their enemies. They see themselves as children. And they stop fighting And go home and go to sleep. When they wake up, the land is well again.
Cameron Penny's If You Are Lucky in This Life was originally published in the November/December 2001 issue of North American Review. Marie Howe reads his poem in the film Voices in Wartime.
I love this quote. It creates an irresistible tension between our present reality and the world of our imagination. We are compelled to resolve the tension through our own acts of courage and compassion.