One Love for All

Sandra Keros

I remember when dad came to visit me in London during the first Iraq war.

I was a student, a "Young American", waiting by the school's front door 

at 8 a.m. for my dad to join me in one of my classes.

He never came.

He was in Victoria Station when a bomb went off.

He didn't run out because he thought another one might be outside.

That's what he learned when he fought in Korea.

But when I found out from the school's front desk that a bomb had gone off

And he was in the very station that he would have needed to be in to take a train to come see me, 

I froze.

I don't remember details after that, 

How I eventually got in touch with him.

But I was lucky. I did.

Living in London during those times, I learned to take bomb threats at our school and in the Tube (subway) in stride.

Crazy, right?

Most Americans then had no idea what it could be like to live in fear like that.

And since 9/11, and even the Paris attacks, many of us have forgotten.

And even though it came really close to home for me, 

Most of the time, when I'm caught up in my day-to-day, 

I forget.

For those who live in Europe, 

terrorism is right there,

it can happen 



to anyone.

Right in anyone's back yard.

On anyone's way to work,

To see loved ones,

To go the store.

With hope for all the people and forces wanting to

overcome this horrific trend of violence, I turn to music...

"One" by U2

Is it getting better

Or do you feel the same

Will it make it easier on you now 

You got someone to blame

You say...

One love

One life

When it's one need

In the night

One love

We get to share it

Leaves you baby if you 

Don't care for it

Did I disappoint you

Or leave a bad taste in your mouth

You act like you never had love

And you want me to go without

Well it's...

Too late


To drag the past out into the light

We're one, but we're not the same

We get to 

Carry each other

Carry each other


Have you come here for forgiveness

Have you come to raise the dead

Have you come here to play Jesus

To the lepers in your head

Did I ask too much

More than a lot

You gave me nothing

Now it's all I got

We're one

But we're not the same

Well we 

Hurt each other

Then we do it again

You say

Love is a temple

Love a higher law

Love is a temple

Love the higher law

You ask me to enter

But then you make me crawl

And I can't be holding on

To what you got

When all you got is hurt

One love

One blood

One life

You got to do what you should

One life

With each other



One life

But we're not the same

We get to 

Carry each other

Carry each other




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