Welcome to the latest 2016 edition of Harvests of New Millennium. I am quite thankful and grateful to all creative artists across the globe published in this issue. This newest issue of Harvests of New Millennium contains haiku, artwork, book reviews and several other attractive features. The poems in this edition reveal imaginative intensity fused with the white heat of creative passion.
It is very tragic that violence is booming almost everywhere in the contemporary world. We are really tired of these wars causing endless suffering to women and children. The famous Soldier poet Siegfried Sassoon aptly describes the brutality of war. In one of his poems, the bishop seems to glorify the war for a just cause. The soldiers reply in the following bitterly satirical lines:
“We’re none of us the same!” the boys reply.
“For George lost both his legs; and Bill’s stone blind;
Poor Jim’s shot through the lungs and like to die;
And Bert’s gone syphilitic; you’ll not find
A chap who’s served that hasn’t found some change”
And the bishop said: “The ways of God are strange!”
No doubt, the following spontaneous utterance by Longfellow fill us with unconquerable hope and inspire us to save our inner soul, and our beloved earth will never mourn: ‘from each black accursed mouth The cannon thundered”:
And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"
I thank immensely all poets and artists included in this issue for their kind support and cooperation. Happy New Year