One of Us
by Jansen Estrup c2012
When Enkidu and Gilgamesh came upon the
fortress of trees, they bellowed firey words
and brandished their weapons.
The great cedars and pines stood proudly,
knowing that Humbaba, the guardian, was
powerful in their defense.
But when the guardian spirit lay dead at
their roots, the trees looked down at the
attacking woodsmen and their axes,
And said to each other, "At least the handle
is one of us."
Ca 900BCE (the Song of Sorrow)
"All war is war against children" - Howard Zinn