Poetry Challenge #7 21/10/2012

War huh! what is it good for absolutely nothing. Huh!

I’ve got a friend, he’s a pure-bred killing machine
He says he’s waited his whole damn life for this
I knew him well when he was seventeen
Now he’s a man he’ll be dead by Christmas

The eastern world, it is exploding
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’
You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’”

“In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war
But it wasn’t
It was different in many ways, as so were those that did the fighting
In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26
In Vietnam he was 19”

“And the battle’s just begun
There’s many lost, but tell me who has won
The trench is dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart”

Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I’ve witnessed all your suffering
As the battle raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky ?
Yes, how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry ?
Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died ?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Hello this week for my poetry challenge on war I have cobbled together a strange poem. This poem is made up of verses from lyrics to anti war songs. I think that they do make a strange sense. Below I have cited the the songs and owners of the words.

Edwin Star

NERINA PALLOT

Barry McGuire

Paul Hardcastle

U2 –

Dire Straits

 Bob Dylan

I have said all I can about war and so this week I shall not repeat myself . I shall just leave it to music of John Lennon and the voices of children to say it all for me.

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

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eof737
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 04:18:33

    Warmongers make me sick… I think part of their obsession has to do with it the fact that they never lived through one or lost family to one… truly distressing. TY! 🙂

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    • willowdot21
      Oct 23, 2012 @ 13:12:56

      Yes you are correct about the reasons for the warmongers wanting to prolong a state of war. Also there are the men who have made a fortune off of the of arms and munitions, as clearly as if they had murdered every one themselves. They have no reason to want wars to stop. No who would by their goods!! As for the politicians just don’t get me started !

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  2. simon7banks
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 18:49:24

    It works.

    Actually World Wars One and Two were the exception because so many older men well into middle-age were called up, at least in Europe. Vietnam was the other extreme, but I think the average age in the American Civil War was about 22 and I suspect most of the soldiers of 18th-century wars were pretty young.

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    • willowdot21
      Oct 24, 2012 @ 19:26:46

      Age was not my concern it was just mentioned in the verse of 19. I have made my feelings on war clear. War is never ending and it kills the young the old and the in between.

      Reply

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