Journal For Poetry Challenge#20/05/2012

Without Death, Bloodshed and Suffering

Without death, bloodshed and suffering wars are never won
And only hatred and grief survives when the fighting is done
And war heroes honoured in every war street parade
By war men the memories of war not allowed for to fade
The politicians the praises of the war dead do sing
Their politicizing of war for sake of power not an honourable thing
For God, Flag and Country and National Pride
Far too many good young people in wars have died
one war leads to another war as the wise one did say
And millions for patriotism in wars with their lives do pay
For the sake of war the war men create us against they
And for the love of a flag the young and brave die in wars today
And on Remembrance Day the war men parade up and down
In a show of patriotism through the streets of the town.

Francis Duggan
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Francis Duggan

(1946 – Present) I have been penning stuff since 1973 have written up to nine thousand individual pieces which can be seen on various online poetry sites, I was born and raised in Millstreet Co Cork Ireland and I have been living in Victoria Australia for the past twenty three years………. Francis Duggan.

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This modern poem is timeless it could refer to any war! It says all the things I have said in the months since January. The tears I have shed whilst researching this challenge are witness to the fact that no one wins in war. No one , no person, no country, no religion, no sect nothing and nobody wins,only the politicians and the arms makers ………….. They win hands down every time .

Politicians plot scheme and win, our young people in the armed forces are maimed and killed, sacrificed on the altar of their greed ( the politicians greed that is). Then the truth is sanitized and  the politicians brush things over! We never learn, it has been this way since the beginning of  mankind and I see no changes yet . willow.

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Poetry Challenge #7 is to create a journal of links and your reactions to poems by established (living or dead poets.) Details are here.  Example response is here. Mr. Linky for Challenge #7 is directly below:

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    May 20, 2012 @ 17:27:22

    Wow. Never fail to touch me these such pictures of the war, never fail. Great post, Willowdot.

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  2. Wendell A. Brown AKA The Brown One Poet
    May 20, 2012 @ 19:14:23

    Beautiul!

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  3. DaPoet
    May 20, 2012 @ 20:40:14

    Sadly it will never change because human nature is corrupt at its very core.

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  4. johnallenrichter
    May 20, 2012 @ 23:04:41

    You are absolutely right, Willowdot…. And that photo certainly brings your notion to life… War is fought for so many different reasons, and I think usually it is seen as righteous by those who live during it. What always has kept me thinking is how normal, good family men spend their lives loving and caring for others and then suddenly go off to war and adopt an entirely new view of life where killing becomes ok or even second nature. Which makes me think DaPoet is correct, it is our nature…. But it should always be questionned… nice poem….

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    • willowdot21
      May 21, 2012 @ 03:29:36

      HI John, it is so strange as you say that normal Mr average changes into a killer! Sometimes it turns once happily coexisting neighbours into killers neighbour on neighbour friend on friend even brother on brother boom! War respects nothing and no one! Sadly yes I think it is within us, we mankind are at fault.

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  5. eof737
    May 21, 2012 @ 00:07:48

    That first photo is distressing… 😦

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  6. granbee
    May 21, 2012 @ 22:22:32

    Wonderfully honest and blunt post today, in this week leading up to Memorial Day holiday. Oddly, this year it also falls on what we liturgicals celebrate as Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Christian church! You are so right: the only true winners in war are the politicians and the arms-makers! I have been crying with you, dear willowdot!

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