Francis Duggan

Lessons Were Not Learned - Poem by Francis Duggan

Lessons were not learned from Vietnam and Iraq's the latest story
Yet how can some men learn from war when through war they seek their glory
Another war victory parade the flags and banners flying
And those who do cry out for peace in vain are only crying.

Dishonourable men use fear to cling to power and enemies for us keep creating
They tell us who we ought to mistrust and who we ought to be hating
Meanwhile this war on terror rages on and who can define terror
Since the dictionary's definition of terrorism is different to most someone is guilty of an error,

We see fighter pilots flying above the clouds far higher than the soaring eagle
To dropp their bombs on foreign Towns doing something as quite legal
Yet suicide and car bombers in our eyes are bad and completely crazy
Our thoughts on terrorism to say the least seem confused and rather hazy.

From past conflicts lessons are not learned and those for peace the peace not winning
And the power hungry by spreading of fear to their power keep on clinging
The lexiographers must have got it wrong on their definition of terror
Perhaps the powers that be should convince them for to correct their error.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 29, 2008

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