A poetic meditation on the “end” – that is, the inexorable result of that historical and ongoing human insanity – of war
Note: First posted on January 3, 2020 and, here, revised.
Humans who wage war,
the perpetrators and their conspirators,
with reasoned(?), impassioned justifications to sanction
the killing of the enemy (the dehumanized, demonized “other”),
who (despite proclamations of lessening “collateral damage”)
include the innocent: all without means to dodge
and shattered histories
and dismembered families
and lost legacies of children who will not grow old.
Yet before the beginning,
before the first shot or casualty,
already have surrendered tenuous hold,
of the truth of the commonality of humanity
dwelling under the same sky of a shared Earth
of the wisdom that longs to know the way to live in love.
© 2022 PRA