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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15 Responses to ACORN EVENT by Yoko Ono

  1. Den says:

    Hi there!

    Yoko, I badly need your Grapefruit, but have no money at the time, because was kicked out from my job.
    May I ask you to send it to me?
    Promise to give you money back as soon as I`m back on my feet.

    Den

  2. Sidd says:

    When you and John planted your Acorns in the 1960’s, I was an isolated, lonely, confused child, a prisoner surrounded by closed minds, and closed hearts.
    But one day I saw a man and a woman on TV, planing Acorns for Peace. I knew I was not alone, and there was a world outside filled with love, peace, and hope. Because of you, my loneliness went away, and hope came home to me.
    How many more minds were touched by that moment?
    With gratitude, Siddharia
    (see you on myspace )

  3. karmacan says:

    Imagine! Imagine that! :)

  4. jOff wilsOn says:

    I wonder how big the trees that you planted from acorns are now.
    Do they touch the sky?
    Does the sky touch the trees?
    you have touched us, the people of the universe.

  5. rachx says:

    i love you too. :] xx

  6. Michael Evans says:

    I’m late, but I’m here NOW!

  7. Kamalachandra says:

    As the man said: “Pushing the barriers, planting seeds”. Thanx for reminding us it is all about planting seeds, Yoko. It is as simple as that. We keep on playing our mind games together.
    Take care,dear Yoko.
    love

  8. Phos Ellipsis says:

    Dear Yoko
    That was a very interesting and thought provoking post. It echoed my own thoughts and feelings. I really enjoyed reading it.
    Peace and Love
    An 18-year-old Dreamer

  9. Andrew Capra says:

    North and South have stepped aside, now East and West is the primary conflict of humanity. But East and West have proven, in modern times, to be the same and found no quarrel.

    I only hope that the similarities never feign, and we’ll never be as lost as we are right now. If we’re not lost, we won’t need that compass.

  10. Grillman and Luna says:

    What a thrill and joy for us to find your blog today which was finding you again, like running into an old friend and you say, Gosh, you haven’t changed a bit — and it’s true — so when we get a song going in our heads we don’t like it’s always Imagine that we replace it with (of the current versions we like — John’s is always the best — is the one by Gilberto Gil which he sang on his world tour a few years ago — we were lucky enough to see in Perpignan, France).

    We’ve named Peace Trees all over southern France and now that we are in our new home here in St. Paul, we’re looking for new Peace Trees, John and Yoko Trees, Barack and Michelle Trees, and so on.

    As you said, frankly, naive, yes? Yes. But that’s what it takes.

    We are as of this moment linking to your blog . . .

    since we want everyone to find you and your spirit living and giving.

    Cheers from the Fenouillédes (eastern Pyrenees France) !

  11. z says:

    i’m

    feeling

    you

  12. atomicelroy says:

    In the Universe there is but ONE thing…. EVERYTHING!

  13. Anonymous says:

    When the mainstay gives way the anathema speculates the weaker aft could show it can rise.
    What a super nova
    now that’s geology.
    Mount up.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Three and a half years have passed since the frigid December night we stood at the Imagine Circle remembering the life and music of a great man. During the moment of silence (and PEACE) as the gatherers participated, about forty or so leaves fell from the nearby tall oak. Those of us who were there shared a very special, breathtaking moment. The following morning, Manhattan was blanketed in white. How fitting that this movement
    Acorns for Peace has sprouted.
    Shine on, John!
    PEACE!

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