Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Yoko recreates acorn peace protest
Back in 1968 when John and Yoko mailed acorns to various world leaders, asking them to plant them in the name of peace. It didn't work. But that's not stopping Yoko from trying it again. She's again mailing world leaders acorns to plan--two each in a transparent box. You can learn more here.
And here's the letter Yoko sent to President Obama:
May 2, 2009
Dear President and Mrs. Obama,
Enclosed is a pair of living sculptures called ACORN PEACE, which was what my husband, John Lennon, and I had sent to the world’s leaders forty years ago.
We asked that the acorns be planted for Peace, as seeds of Peace.
This year happens to be the 40th anniversary of that event, and I have decided that it is important to send the ACORN PEACE, again to the current world leaders.
I hope you will plant them in your garden so that they will grow into two strong oak trees for world peace.
With deep respect and love,
Yoko Ono Lennon
And, as a passing note of trivia, the original acorn effort was commemorated in the lyrics of the Fabs' "Ballad of John and Yoko":
“Caught the early plane back to London
Fifty acorns tied in a sack
The men from the press said ‘we wish you success
It’s good to have the both of you back.”