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If Old Men Fought
by Mac McGovern
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An old man, looking out his door,
gaze fixed on a distant shore,
reminiscing to a time, not of happiness,
or, the prospect of a bright future in store,
to when he was sick, to his very core,
to when as a youth, he went to war

A time before infallibility had meaning,
patriotism and bravado the craze,
the future was still a maze,
zest for life, at its all time high,
a time for romance, partying, buying,
no thought of pain, deformity, dying

Too young, to understand or question,
ship to foreign shore, pin on medals,
sacrifice not temporary,
forever more,
a legacy etched into a wall, few will remember,
flesh shredded, burned, torn,
families mourn

A time, when he willingly, went to war,
will happen no more,
all lost in youth, now hardcore,
no blind obedience,
minimal risk,
long life, his number one chore

As he turns, back from the door,
he thinks of the youth,
here now, soon no more,
lessons never learned,
the call to war,
to common the roar,
complacency the mood,
another generation removed

The old man agonizes,
over what was,
originally not known,
war is preventable,
life too precious to waste,
the solution simple,
his vision, maybe too late

Send old men, to the front, to fight,
arthritis, heart disease, poor eyesight,
let the youth enjoy their life,
his near over, its only right

Send old men, to the front, to fight
ask them, to give up their life,
patriotism and bravado, still alright,
will and desire, wouldn't last the night,
old men don't rush to death, in their twilight,
failure inevitable, the old man smiles,
knows he's right

Wars not possible,
if old men, are sent to fight

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

I have enjoyed the reading of this profound composition. "If Old Men Fought"
ponders the reality and shows an alternative to end the industrialized wars.

In admiration,


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
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