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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























World War Three Started In Ukraine

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/23/2015
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,

Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 10/7/2007
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 5/23/2007
oh so true ...
Reviewed by Richard Vallance (Reader) 6/7/2003

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!


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 5/27/2003
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"

Reviewed by Sara Russell 2/7/2003
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 1/12/2003
Sagacious write, Ian.

Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 1/11/2003

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) 1/11/2003 know how to...dont you....
glad you couldnt wait .....loved it.
Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader) 1/11/2003
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.

Reviewed by Tien Avielle (Reader) 1/11/2003
THANK YOU, Ian - thank you for not waiting - this needs no polishing - the message rings clearly.
Reviewed by Deborah Carter 1/11/2003
This is a very good write Ian...war leaves casualties far above human sacrifice
Reviewed by john zimmerman 1/11/2003
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 1/11/2003
Excellent and powerful write.
Very vivid imagery , Ian.

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