All in a Word – Bastet’s Sunday Prompts

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War – Conversation Poem

The man sat at his vending-stall
one bright spring sunny day
selling his wares to one and all
and plying his interesting trade
people looked quite interested
in the bombs and the hand grenades
and he told all about their history
and of the 1914 war.

Some shook their heads
some made remarks
about that long gone war
too bad that all those young boys
died,  were maimed,
so many long years ago …
“aren’t we lucky” one man did say
“that war is now just history,
that no one needs to die today
for empires and positions”.

I heard a man sit there and say
“sometimes war can’t be avoided …
it’s all about peace, you know
and who first does the invading”.
I saw a woman shake her head
“I’m glad that war’s behind us!”
but then I think about the news
and say: “War is all around us.”

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1914 – Tanka

1914

they shook their sabers
formed their terrible allies
laid their secret plans
saught motivation
in June Franz Ferdinand died

poor Sarajevo
peace is not your destiny
Princip shot you down
making you a cause for war
nine million men soon would die

the great war t’was named
the war that would end them all
many lives destroyed
with horrid technology
revolutions changed nations

four years and a world
tallied its sad destruction
new powers were born
economy gone hey-wired
will create a second war

this is his story
mankind’s folly never ends
kill your young people
for pride, profit and power
mother’s, sit at home and weep

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One hundred years ago, Europe began preparing for what would be called World War One one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history.  In my opinion, probably not only mine, it was just the prelude to the Second World War and the Cold War.

If we look at the planet as just one big country, I think we might be able to safely say, we’ve never ever known a moment of peace in any age. With our wonderful technological capacity though, I think we’ve come to a point where we might want to learn a little self-control.  Never, before the 20th century, have we had the power to destroy ourselves.  That power hasn’t been matched with a new capacity to avoid armed conflict.  I wonder if there’s really anyone out there with the power to stop our leaders from destrying us or our future generations.