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.

Listen to this poem:

Comments about Modern War by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (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) .

    (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 20, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]