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  Songs of Glory (anti - war)
by Ian R Thorpe
Saturday, January 11, 2003
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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A poem about the pointlessness of war whether the cause be religion or politics. Governments always work the partiotism scam on us but is there really anything noble about dying for one's country, flag or religion?
There is only one justification for war and that is the spontaneous rebelion against oppression and tyranny by the people.




Above the land bold flags are rising,
Old men speak, their words despising
Enemies beyond the shore.
From dawn 'til sunset fanfares ringing
Echo sounds of children singing
Songs of glory, songs of war
 

From city, town, village and valley,
Ardent for victory young men rally
To defend their nation's cause,
Marching to their fields of glory
To repeat the age old story
And sing again the songs of war
 

Distant sounds of warplanes bringing
Payload of death from far lands winging
Filling minds with fear and wonder.
Far from conflict and the slaying
In churches wives and mothers praying
Their lives will not be torn asunder
 

Far from home the armies muster
Inspired by some general's bluster
Right is theirs, they must prevail.
And they march, so many heroes,
caught up in this mad bolero,
towards the batteries vicious hail.
 

Across the country cries of mourning
Widows, orphans, victory scorning,
Lament the men who sing no more
From the debris of destruction,
Flourishing among corruption
and suffering spring the seeds of war
 

In young hearts old hatreds nurtured,
Carried on to flower in the future.
Retold forever in tones of awe,
Legends of warlords whose endeavour
clothes  in such patriotic fervour
evil that fuels songs of war.
 

Copyright 2003 : Ian Thorpe
 


 

Read a good article on the folly of patriotism
 
And the human cost of war includes
... serous point made through humour at Boggart Blog

Islamic State Threatens UK - Cameron

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
You verses "speak" of a universal and timeless theme of this life/world. Sadly, as can easily be witnessed, nothing has changed. There are just many more means of waging war. Earthians appear intent on their eventual removal from this planet. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell
I hate the war, period. It's senseless, useless and until were all dead it wont stop. You've written a well meaning verse, I don't know what I'd do without you.

Love, Janet xoxoxo
Reviewed by Jerry Kays
oh so true ...
Reviewed by Richard Vallance (Reader)
BINGO!

Of course, those inane and cruel right wing, Neo-Nazis running certain countries these days (I won't name the nations, for fear of offending some readers, though I myself could care less), indeed, indeed, GLORY and "Honour" (excuse me, "Honor" and almighty Patriotism for the Homeland MUST reign supreme!

Humbug!

You've sure got balls to write incisive and
truthful stuff like this.

Thanks again, Ian!

Richard Vallance,
Sonnet Critic, Poetry Life and Times (UK)
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

Reviewed by Candida Eittreim
Snicker... The songs of glory have turned into the whispers of shame among those who care much for such things. I find this quote germane: "Violence is the last resort of the incompetent"

Candy
Reviewed by Sara Russell
I agree with you on this one, Ian. I am putting together an online page of anti-war poems. If you would like this one added to it, drop me a line.... Sara.
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
Sagacious write, Ian.

Erin
:)
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
1-11-03

Most Excellent___ Dubya Can He Read,i.e.Majority Never Got past 3rd Grade Mentality __Most Read Between Lines To Overcome It!

Lan__Keep Up This Great Stuff As Always, Thank You For Your Comments!

Your Friend, TRASK
Reviewed by Calendula Petal (Reader)
crumbs.......you know how to...dont you....
glad you couldnt wait .....loved it.
Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader)
Excellent, Ian. Songs of glory. That's what it's all about. US can probably get the "job" done in about a month with all of its weapons of mass destruction. Hell, they'll kill a lot of people. But it's all in the name of "freedom". This reminds me of a recent interview with Noam Chomsky.

Q: Do you think the Bush Administration is bluffing about attacking Iraq?

A: Not at all. I think they are desperately eager to win an easy victory over a defenseless enemy, so they can strut around as heroes and liberators, to the rousing cheers of the educated classes. It’s as old as history.

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=14701

Reviewed by Tien Avielle (Reader)
THANK YOU, Ian - thank you for not waiting - this needs no polishing - the message rings clearly.
Reviewed by Deborah Carter
This is a very good write Ian...war leaves casualties far above human sacrifice
Reviewed by john zimmerman
the story is an old one--the siren song of Glory -- leads to some bloody ditch -- whose capture or defense means little

good write

jonh +
Reviewed by Linda Hill
Excellent and powerful write.
Very vivid imagery , Ian.
Outstanding!!!!
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