paul toogood

Rolling In The Blood Of Strangers - Poem by paul toogood

A look that speaks the unspoken word
Translated by her eyes
Orders came the other day
Tomorrows an early rise
She grips his hand, don't go why join this war so vile?
I'll be ok he says wearing a painted smile

Digital encryption or written word
Its really all the same
For men like James and brothers in arms
It always ends in pain
Time and unforeseen occurrence befall each and everyone
But at times like this it's in your hands to hold your very own

Weighed down in khaki iron defending land and life
Warriors inside their ironclads with mind on home and wife
Staring at the danger they see they charge they die
Rolling in the blood of strangers lost life in mud they lie

The child and love of a man unknown
Framed in a bloodstained border
A loved father lies breathless and forgotten
Fulfilling an ambitious order
At last breath a smiling face of his love before the madness
Burns in his mind and heart dying in painful sadness

National flags mask the horrors of war
Clinically clean the colours
A volley of shot marks the hero's grave
Fired by matching soldiers
A widows cry when will it end?
These orders without remorse
The riches of war sponsored by ones faith
Pursued as a matter of course

Man cannot stop as greed empowers
There is no end in sight
The drive for land and wealth made possible
While man is prepared to fight
Violence that fed the barons of war
Will itself consume the soul
Division and curse has fragmented man
Overlapping his role

Can mankind save itself
From a curse it has created?
Can hope salvage this dire state
Look to the ones berated
Solutions stare us in the face
Open your eyes they're there
Not determined by wealth, status or race
Consider them if you dare

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 25, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 3, 2011

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