Monday, August 1, 2016



“The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm but because of those who look at it without doing anything.”
~Albert Einstein

How do we, mankind as a whole and individually, define purpose? In our day to day steps, from dawn until dusk, do we strive only in self-motivation, or a combination of self and others? What is are our personal resolve or intention in life? Do we calculate our design and dreams beyond personal goals and development? Does the bigger picture extend to the world or is it constrained to only the four walls in which we reside? In a world in which times are difficult: economically, with constant threats of terror, famine and pestilence, leave many with a fear of the unknown. A fear which draws one personally into one’s own world, resulting in selfish gain and vision of only personal achievement. Life’s purpose has resolved itself into the instinct to survive; varying in the result of positive or negative personal actions. As mankind, as a whole, we need to grasp a vision of oneness, moving beyond personal gain and into the purpose of visualizing the bigger picture in the world in which we live.

Finding the purpose of oneness will allow many avenues to converge into one common road. With a common purpose, visualizing as a whole, mankind can move beyond prejudice and focus on the well-being of others. The use of the word “oneness,” is not an intended statement for everyone to be the same, but finding a common goal to heal and move beyond our fears to feed the hungry, cloth the poor, step in and resolve unfairness. There are many cultures, ethnic groups and beliefs that make up our world called Earth. Each group and individual, as a human being needs to be respected as a fellow human being. Not every human being is bad, feeding into the fears of others. Not every human being is selfish, robbing mankind. Not every human being is full of evil and hate. There are those, who have been left in the rubble of constant fear that do not know which avenue to pursue, due to fear of being robbed monetarily or robbed of life. The love of many have run cold; some are mean and/or ruthless and others do not want to extend compassion, because compassion has not been evident in their surroundings. So where does that leave mankind, in a pursuit of purpose, to aid in the well-being of others? Love overcomes evil even when the fruit of love is not received by the intended. Connecting the avenues which make up mankind, and meeting on the road, with an intended purpose to pursue peace and unity, mankind as a whole may find the light at the end of the dark tunnel in which we walk day to day.

The pursuit of negative personal gain has tightened its vice, squeezing the life out of many. People are driven by greed, fueled by pride and self- glory. Narcissism leaves compassion for others in the coldest of winter rains, blowing its frozen intentions across the world. The ideals of self, consume the world, setting ablaze hatred toward others. Self-love, with no consideration for mankind has turned the world into a dark place. The candle of hope can be relit when we visualize the bigger picture for mankind.

So as poets, poetess’ and writers, may our focus fall upon the bigger picture. Let us inspire, motivate and encourage all of humanity. May our words pour out humility from within, along with the moving power of integrity, to all who read our words. May the fountain of hope drench the world in which we live, filling all with peace and comforting the soul. We, as individuals and society as a whole, can make a difference in the world.

“The pursuit of peace lies within the soul of each individual. Reach down, deep within, and pull out that which can make the world sing in perfect harmony.”

~Stacia Lynn Reynolds

In the August Edition of OPA, we are pleased to introduce, the beautiful and inspirational poetess, Irsa Ruci, in her own words. I encourage all to read the interview with Irsa, and learn about her writing experiences, along with her aspirations in life as well. Our Poetry Archive would also like to thank every participant who has agreed to be interviewed, beginning with OPA’s first “Poet of the Month,” Ana Nedelcu, in April; followed by Sandy Sass in May; Michael Marrotti, in the June Edition, and Thomas DeAngelo’s interview in the July’s Edition. It has been an exciting adventure, and a great pleasure reading everyone’s answers from the interviews. Also, with our utmost appreciation, we would like to thank all the contributors who participated in our online Anthology, “Poetry for Unity Against Racism.” This Special Edition is receiving immense popularity and support among readers from around the world! The positive impact of support is the first step in our pursuit for unity among mankind, and for this reason our gratitude extends to all poets, poetesses and readers.

Those who would like to participate in our upcoming editions, please send at least three poems and a profile picture, along with the explicit confirmation of your permission for publication in OPA well before the 21st of every month. Our mail address is

Author Stacia Lynn Reynolds, editor, sincerely thanks each and every poet, poetess and reader who is actively involved in this wonderful Poetry Journal and continued support of Our Poetry Archive.

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  1. Beautiful poets ...
    Poetry is an act of peace.
    – Pablo Neruda

  2. Thank you Pablo for your kind comment, and yes; poetry is an act of peace. It is our mission to bring peace, unity and respect for all mankind through our words.

  3. Good movement. All the best your team and poets.

  4. Thank you Nalinakshan Erattappuzha, your comment and support is appreciated.