Nefarious War Poem by Li Po

Nefarious War

Rating: 3.1


Last year we fought by the head-stream of the Sang-kan,
This year we are fighting on the Tsung-ho road.
We have washed our armor in the waves of the Chiao-chi lake,
We have pastured our horses on Tien-shan's snowy slopes.
The long, long war goes on ten thousand miles from home,
Our three armies are worn and grown old.

The barbarian does man-slaughter for plowing;
On this yellow sand-plains nothing has been seen but
blanched skulls and bones.
Where the Chin emperor built the walls against the Tartars,
There the defenders of Han are burning beacon fires.
The beacon fires burn and never go out,
There is no end to war! —

In the battlefield men grapple each other and die;
The horses of the vanquished utter lamentable cries to heaven,
While ravens and kites peck at human entrails,
Carry them up in their flight, and hang them on the branches of dead trees.
So, men are scattered and smeared over the desert grass,
And the generals have accomplished nothing.

Oh, nefarious war! I see why arms
Were so seldom used by the benign sovereigns.

Nefarious War
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Tim Standridge 15 June 2007

....... read this Mr. Bush.....

4 6 Reply
George Bush 19 April 2022

Bruh! This changes everything.....

1 0 Reply
Vladimir Putin 20 April 2022

I may have to change my mind about Ukraine.

1 0 Reply
Trochell 19 April 2022

Anyone here from World Civilizations?

0 0 Reply
Seth Batker 20 April 2022

Yea man

0 0 Reply
Theodore Roosevelt 19 April 2022

I wrote better

0 0 Reply
George Bush 19 April 2022

I'm taking us out of iraq

2 0 Reply
Theodore Roosevelt 19 April 2022

pog

0 0 Reply
Ben Hunt 14 October 2020

I????? ?´?????l?????i?¨???????k???????¸e????? ?¯?¯?b??????¸i??????g??????? ????¸b?´????u?¯?????t????t?°????s?^"???? ???^????a???¨?_?n?"???d?`???? ??¨^???i?????? ?¯?c?°?^??a?~"??n??????n???????¸o?`??t??????? ????????l????i?????e???"????

0 0 Reply
Theodore Roosevelt 19 April 2022

you and me both

0 0 Reply
READ THIS POEM IN OTHER LANGUAGES
Li Po

Li Po

Chu / Kazakhstan
Close
Error Success