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  War's Habit
by Odin Roark
Friday, April 27, 2012
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Dare we hope for a day when the ratings-hungry headlines promote less of war?


War's Habit

War knows not play
Even as small boys think it so
With wooden guns
Imagining discharge of weaponry

He who thinks war a glorious thing
Who thrives on spewing forth words of exhortation
Invoking some kind of honor
Some distorted idea of praise and valor
Love of country

Think again

For might not

He or she be of thoughtless and fervid desire
A faith as inspired as the holy of evil
To call on their own children
To blindly seek the blackness
Of dishonest promises

Let he who so bows
Look at piles of sodden gray rags
Covering halves of skulls
Perhaps a shin bone here and there
Maybe that which might have been ribs
Or discovered skeletal remains
Lying on its side
Resting half-crouching as it fell
Supported still by a single arm
Frozen in death
All that's left from an IED

Perfect

Allowing that it is headless
With tattered smoldering cloth
Still draped about its shoulders

Let them
The sanctimonious lords of war
Realize this grand and glorious act
Distilling all youth and joy and life into a fetid heap
Extremist's hideous putrescence
All in the name of...

Or

Maybe it is merely war's habit
Oblivious 




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Reviewed by Ronald Hull
It's a habit we have to break. From the daughters of the Revolution to the American Legion, we think of war as some glorious endeavor that we will give our lives for because it is just. The hideous atrocities committed in the name of “right.” Stay with me when I watch newsreels of combat. War is not inevitable, but there are those who seem to want to perpetuate it.

As always, a thoughtful write.

Ron
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
So much has been written about war, both for and against. Horrible pictures are published. Orators publicly rant and rave about the pure evil of war. Nothing has stopped people from staring wars or people for joining the armed services to "defend the country." As long as there are people who make it their business to wreck havoc upon another country we will have war. It's like the schoolyard bully. If you don't stand up to him your life will be total hell.
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