Friday, December 08, 2006

John Lennon...October 9, 1940-December 8, 1980

Yet again this sad anniversary of the murder of John Lennon leaves me sad, bitter and speechless. Yoko said it best....


December 8th is near again. Each year, on this day, I hear from many people from all over the world who remember my husband, John Lennon, and his message of peace. They write to tell me they are thinking of John on this day and how he was shot and killed at the prime of his life, at age 40, when he had so much life ahead of him.

Thank you for your undying love for John and for your concern for me on this tragic anniversary. This year, though, on December 8th, while we remember John, I would also like us to focus on sending the following messages to the millions of people suffering around the world.

To the people who have also lost loved ones without cause: forgive us for having been unable to stop the tragedy. We pray for the wounds to heal.

To the soldiers of all countries and of all centuries, who were maimed for life, or who have lost their lives: forgive us for our misjudgements and what happened as a result of them.

To the civilians who were maimed, or killed, or who lost their family members: forgive us for being unable to prevent it.

To the people who have been abused and tortured: forgive us for having allowed it to happen.

Know that your loss is our loss.
Know that the physical and mental abuse you have endured will have a lingering effect on our society, and the world.
Know that the burden is ours.

As the widow of one who was killed by an act of violence, I don't know if I am ready yet to forgive the one who pulled the trigger. I am sure all victims of violent crimes feel as I do. But healing is what is urgently needed now in the world.

Let's heal the wounds together.

Every year, let's make December 8th the day to ask for forgiveness from those who suffered the insufferable.
Let's wish strongly that one day we will be able to say that we healed ourselves, and by healing ourselves, we healed the world.

With deepest love,
Yoko Ono Lennon
New York City 2006

Peter here. I miss you John. So much.


At 12/08/2006 10:30 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

This sad day reminds me of that horrible feeling that scrapes the bottom of my soul. The feeling I had 26 years ago; the same feeling I had standing on the USS Arizona Memorial. That terrible feeling of other assassinations, sneak attacks and loss of loved ones. John's senseless murder robbed of us not only of his musical talents, but of more peace and love in this world. I'm going to a concert tonight called "American English", a Beatles tribute group, and I hope they do something special to honor John on this fateful anniversary.

Peter, I was happy to hear the good news about your precious love because I could tell how deeply meaningful your cat is to you. George & McGillicutty (my cats) send their best wishes to Baby Cakes.

At 12/08/2006 10:53 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Wow, thank you. Hi to your cats too. George and McGillicutty...will they be leaving comments here?? I hope they can...I'll understand their words. And as always, your comments are truly the best. December 8th, 2 days before MY birthday, is always a tough day for me. With November 22nd and June 5th......thank you so much. And take care.

At 12/08/2006 10:54 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

John, and Bobby, of course.

At 12/08/2006 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice, Peter.

At 12/08/2006 3:12 PM, Blogger The Omnipotent Q said...

Well done my friend.

At 12/08/2006 4:33 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thank you....from my heart.....

At 12/09/2006 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

December 8th will never get easier, will it?

At 12/09/2006 11:44 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I know...thanks Laura..You're ALWAYS there.


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