Dear Friends,

At our first event together 40 years ago, John and I planted two acorns, firmly believing that our “Seeds of Peace” would keep multiplying forever.

Were we naive? Yes, definitely.

Before a week had passed, the seeds were dug out by, well, curiosity seekers… OK, they stole them.
That’s the word. But that did not stop us.

We immediately sent two acorns to each of the World Leaders at the time, asking them to plant the acorns for peace. Some of them said, “Yeah, we planted them. Thanx much.” Not in those words, of course!

The seeds were not only a symbol of Peace, but a
symbol of East and West coming together.

Here, I have to quote Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem.
I know you probably would say, “Don’t tell me, I know
that one.”

But just read it again:

THE BALLAD OF EAST AND WEST

Oh, East is East, and West is West,
And never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently
At God’s great Judgement Seat;

But there is neither East nor West
Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face,
Tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!

Are you suprised?

Yes, Rudyard Kipling didn’t just simply say “never the twain shall meet.”
But that’s how the whole world remembers the poem.

Critics! They quite often do things like that to me, so I know.
They want sensationalism, not a beautiful concept like Kipling expressed in his poem.

I thought it was very important that I bring this message to you, to honour Kipling on this day of our celebration.

In the end of my little note today,
I thought I’d quote what John said about East and West.

It is from the song “You Are Here” on MIND GAMES (1973.)

YOU ARE HERE

From Liverpool to Tokyo
It’s a way to go
From distant lands
One woman one man
Let the four winds blow

Three thousand miles over the ocean
Three thousand light years
From the land of the rising sun

Love has opened up my eyes
Love has blown right through
Wherever you are, you are here
Wherever you are, you are here

Three thousand miles over the ocean
Three thousand light years
From the land of surprising sun

Well now, East is East
And West is West
The twain shall meet
East is West
And West is East
Let it be complete

Three thousand miles over the ocean
Three thousand light years
From the land of the morning star

Oh, okay.
And I said…what did I say?

DRINKING PIECE FOR ORCHESTRA

Imagine lettting a goldfish swim across
the sky.
Let it swim from the West to the East.
Drink a liter of water.
Imagine letting a goldfish swim across
the sky.
Let it swim from the East to the West.

1963 Spring

It’s from Grapefruit, my book of instructions.

So that’s all for now.
Take good care of yourselves.
Remember, we are all together!

As Gandhi said:
“I AM WHAT I AM BECAUSE OF WHO WE ALL ARE.”

I love you!
yoko

yoko ono
14 june 2008

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