Welcome to the new 2014 issue. This issue includes a variety of international and accomplished creative artists. No doubt, this edition of Harvests of New Millennium with its ever-growing readers will prove to be an inspiration to the creative artists across the globe.
The whole Cyberwit staff offers deep condolence on the sad death of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, the symbol of anti-apartheid and Father of modern South Africa, the recipient of 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin and the Bharat Ratna. These words by Nelson Mandela manifest his extraordinary spirit: "Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end." President Obama aptly remarked: "He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages."
It is very sad that in several parts of the world we have recently witnessed wanton killing of innocent civilians. The sectarian violence and the policy of 'an eye for an eye' should be rejected. We should try our best to keep destructive culture of violence in abeyance. The famous English poet W. H. Auden aptly says:
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
I'm confident that the following lines by W.B. Yeats' poem “The Second Coming” will inspire the ignorant persons to eschew the path of extreme violence:
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
I'll like to thank all creative artists included in this edition for their continued excellent support. I trust that reading and enjoying these poems and artwork is a great pastime.