Peace Tower on Earth, Good Will to All People


A Tower Called Peace


At the center of Parliament Hill stands

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A tower that someone named Peace


A Maple Leaf flag flies above this tower

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The symbol of a nation called Village


This Village is a colorful and orderly mess

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Of all kinds, pieces from all over making a mosaic


Trying for harmony, we hit some off notes

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As we struggle to read a score half-written


This village has its bad days and hits rough patches

Peace on earth, good will to all people

Despite its “Sorry” reputation


And this Village has its dark bits, closeted skeletons

Peace on earth, good will to all people

Of racism, violence, injustice, greed


As with any village, perfection is illusory

Peace on earth, good will to all people

An ideal unreachable as we reach from the real


Yet there stands that Tower someone called Peace

Peace on earth, good will to all people

Maybe not as a boast, maybe as a prophecy


Not a prophecy as in “fortune” like in a cookie

Peace on earth, good will to all people

But prophecy as a Voice of one crying in the wilderness


A Voice speaking truth to the Village

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Saying, “To claim peace you must first be peace”


Perhaps that Tower towers over the Village

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As a marker to make Peace impossible to forget


When everything but Peace seems to rule the day

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The Tower seems to say, “Pay attention.”


“Stay frosty, Village. Keep keen and sharp as blades.”

Peace on earth, good will to all people

“Peace isn’t easy, or cheap, or postcard material.”


Peace only comes after the battle, after bloodshed

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And Peace, truly, takes a Village


Everyone, everywhere, every day, every moment

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Fighting to be harmony in a discordant world


On Parliament Hill is a Tower called Peace

Peace on earth, good will to all people

In a big World that needs a little Village


To help it know: Peace on earth, good will to all people



  • Ronald Kok, December 2018


Thoughts on an Ice Cold Blue November Morning


Upon a bitter and beautiful November
So cold the snow grumbles under your feet
Dogs and kids create zig-zaggy patterns
As Adultings tread a practical path
Some leaves still shiver and cling to home
Others lay fallen and homeless in footprints
Huddled together or lonely
All waiting for Winter’s next snug blanket
Above the sky is all sharp icy blue
So sharp it slices your eyes wide open
Upon this bitter and beautiful November
No amount of grumbling could ever remove its sheen

– Ron – Ottawa, Ontario – Nov. 22, 2018

A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 338: A Walkabout on the Hill


It is de rigueur to make a visit to Parliament Hill when you’re a tourist in the city of Ottawa, Ontario. However, even us residents are reminded now and again just how picturesque that iconic area can be.

I had a serendipitous opportunity to take a stroll around the Hill yesterday morning, when a bright blue sky and brilliant sunshine illuminated the historic buildings and monuments, the panoramic vistas and symbols of Canada. I had gone downtown to collect the money I had made of an artwork I sold a month ago in a pub called the Atomic Rooster. The staff who could access the money was not going to be in for another hour so, with my Second Cup coffee in hand, I took a walk.

The resulting photos are only with my cell phone camera but it turned out to be a relaxing and re-creating morning for me. Below are the shots I took, giving you a glimpse of the centerpiece of this city. I do love this place so, I cannot deny it.



A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 51: A Gallery of Ice

Today is the final day of Winterlude 2017 here in Canada’s capital city. One of the privileges of living in Ottawa is being able to easily access special events like these. 2017 also happens to be the year of Canada’s 150th birthday. Ottawa will be at the center of that celebration and I am looking forward to all that is in store.

Each year Winterlude provides a great context to enjoy the season that must be embraced to be survived in our part of the world. By that I don’t mean you are necessarily in any physical danger (we do have central heating, wooly socks, Tim’s coffee and other Canadians to keep us warm). What I mean is that winter can drag you down with its short days, cold temps, seemingly endless shovelings, ice pellets, and potholes… lots of potholes. But to only focus on the negative of the season is to miss the magic and the beauty, the fun and brilliant sunshine, the sheer joy of the bracing cold that makes you feel wondrously alive. Embracing it is key to making it through.

Thank God, then, for Winterlude. The city of Ottawa puts on a wintry party every year with lots of opportunities for fun, music, food and, the annual highlight, sculptures of ice. Last week Friday evening, my wife, son and I went downtown to take in some of the festivities and to enjoy the skillful and creative work of sculptors from all over the world.

Below is a gallery of these impermanent masterpieces (they will all melt, after all). If you aren’t able to be in Ottawa to enjoy Winterlude or have the misfortune of living somewhere where there is no winter (poor you), here’s a chance to see the beauty of this frigid season captured in ice…


“Surfing with Dolphins” by Ross & Antonio Baises, the Philippines


“Dew Drop” by Kevin Ashe & Nathan McKeough, Canada


“Sweet Dreams” by Lawrence MacFarlane & Scott Harrison, Canada


“To a Lucky Star” by Valeriy Batalov & Eduard Ponomarenko, Russia


“Liquid Dream” by Angelito Baban & Fermin Jr. Gomez, the Philippines


“Dream Come True Bird” by Junichi Nakamura & Hideshi Terada ,Japan


“Wish for a Fish” by Egor Stepanov & Alexey Andreev, Russia


“Whale in the Wind” by Stephen Koch & Heather Brice, U.S.A.


“Dream Weaver” by Dean Murray & Michael Stoddart , U.S.A.


“Peace and Love in the World” by Samuel Girault (France) & Michael Mizula (Poland) – Grand Prize winner