Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Modern War - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

They say the desert dog will learn
from his arch enemy the mighty lion.
It seems to me that where those cities burn
there must be mothers left in sadness, crying.

Once on a time they were the hunted, it is true
they died on fields and at the hands of cruel men,
today the pilot says, we're doing this for you
do not compare my friend, you did not live back then.

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  • (7/21/2006 3:39:00 PM)


    Brings to mind 'Causa Belli' by Andrew Motion (poet laureate of England) . Here:

    They read good books, and quote, but never learn
    a language other than the scream of rocket-burn.
    Our straighter talk is drowned but ironclad:
    elections, money, empire, oil and Dad.

    I think your poem spoke to his, Herbert.

    Snappy and strong (both poems) .

    G.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 20, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 17, 2010


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