Treasure Island

Mary Havran

(1950 / Ohio)

. Until That Day


War visits
too many places
traces blood markings
upon too many generations

War arrives
as old men decide
just where and when
to send young men to die

War leaves
too many faces
wearing traces of scars
which worm their way inward
then persist to endure as long as men live
because old men required young men should give
greater share than their bodies and minds had to spare

War will persist
as long as old men insist
So will war visit, again and again
Till the day young men decide it must end
and turn their guns instead - on those old men

Submitted: Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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  • L G (2/27/2009 3:14:00 PM)

    i loved your poem, the ending kinda threw me off though. the old men were once young men fighting also. i love your thoughts, but maybe consider my thought too. and thanks for commenting my poem 'million' with the hearts. it's greatly appreciated. and perhaps you could read my poem called 'collar of honor': ] i recently started getting into war movies and reading up on afghanistan and stuff. horrible; / (Report) Reply

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