R K Summers

Rookie - 10 Points (Durham)

Let's Talk About War - Poem by R K Summers

Let’s talk about war
We’ll discuss Tennyson
And Brooke
And Sassoon

How simple life seems
When the sun blazes
The girls are wearing skirts and sunglasses
The scent of summer in the air
We’ll talk about the different wars
And the poets who fought with pens

A distraction occurs in the form
Of a woodpecker
Beating away at a drainpipe
April names it Woodpecker
April names it Pecky

It’s hard to think, miles away,
Men and boys are cut down
In their prime
Blown to bits
As they stand, straight and tall.

How ironic
That we’re talking about war
While outside
A tiny feathered machine gun patters away.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 12, 2010

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