Paula Puddephatt

Rookie (06/11/73 / Reading)

Quakers On Pacifism - Poem by Paula Puddephatt

It is not “P. C.” to be anti-war,
Or to refuse to stuff one’s face with meat.
Quakers are not pacifists anymore

By definition. It’s not like before.
These things are individual. We can cheat.
It is not “P. C.” to be anti-war.

We cannot break an invisible law.
We rubbed it out, you see. I should repeat:
Quakers are not pacifists anymore.

Some are. Some aren’t. There’s nothing we stand for.
We can have bacon, toast or Shredded Wheat.
It is not “P. C.” to be anti-war –

To be vegetarian, vegan or
In any way, restrict what one may eat.
Quakers are not pacifists anymore.

This, Friends, is the conclusion we must draw –
Won’t vote on this; we might just face defeat:
It is not “P. C.” to be anti-war.
Quakers are not pacifists anymore.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 1, 2010

Poem Edited: Thursday, July 1, 2010


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