GREENWOLFE 1962

War Crimes

It's time I stood and spoke of war,
A candid speech display.
To tell you things you used to know;
Forgotten, on the way.

I hear they plan to have a trial
Of criminal intent.
Displaying soldiers in a cage,
Who blessed this sad event?

They say they did a most foul deed
By killing innocents.
Just retribution, as they say;
An evil consequence.

Its time I lay to rest, at last,
A base canard of life.
That war is one more legal way
To deal with pain and strife.

I hate to put it bluntly now,
But most of you won't hear;
If I would only gently speak
These words you need not fear.

Some time ago, a wisdom born
Of death and man's intent;
Was fostered on the souls of men
To hasten their descent.

It said that there are crimes of war
That men must never do.
And perpetrated, in this way;
A values dream, or two.

By doing this, they justified
The basest deed of all.
And legalized, with mal intent;
Man's certain, deadly fall.

I'm here to tell you true at last,
What you already know.
The concept there are crimes of war,
Has never thus been so.

Whatever deed is done in war,
As jusified by man;
Is covered in the book of faith,
As per the Master's plan.

There is no deed a man may do
In war that's his intent.
The moral choice was duly made
The day that he was sent.

Man makes his choice when he decides
To yield his soul to man.
And joins them in the enterprise
Of evil deeds they plan.

When after yielding up his soul,
He then is sent to war;
It doesn't matter what he does,
He can't yield anymore.

There is no crime he can commit
Against his fellow man.
No grading of the deeds he does.
In Hell, there is no fan.

So let me bluntly tell you true.
And take this to your graves.
The only roads there are to Hell,
Are those which war sure paves.

It's war itself, that is the crime;
That dooms mens souls to Hell.
The laughs you hear, they come from me;
It's war, that needs a cell.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Poem Edited: Sunday, September 7, 2008

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  • Analogous To Tower 7: AmeaningAnalogous To Tower 7: Ameaning (4/1/2012 4:01:00 PM)

    Truth form afar.... Proof humanity knows war is criminal at every level. It's like the argument by Americans that slavery was ok at that point in US history. Used to justify idolizing the Founding Fathers as morally superior despite their evil reliance on a crime. Truth penetrates myths...

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  • Cristy Upshaw (6/8/2009 3:38:00 PM)

    magnificent write. war is more than anyone could ever pen. so many tragic events and how it truly affects everyone. loved this piece. very deep and poweful.

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  • Alf Hutchison (5/15/2009 4:25:00 PM)

    War unfortunately drives the wheels of commerce... America knows this so well... a superb write... Alf

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  • Ridge Cahill (10/29/2008 5:16:00 AM)

    War is more than an expression on pen and paper - it is so much more...

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  • Wandering ScarletWandering Scarlet (9/29/2008 8:15:00 PM)

    excellent piece, at first intimidated by the size of this poem, but surely enough, it flew by so suddenly. i agree that war is the true crime, and those who choose the fight are damned as soon as their bullet tastes blood

    all the best

    -ROCCO

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  • Ivan Alvarez (9/9/2008 9:01:00 PM)

    This message is to much for me but this was truly a long one but worth the time loved it....

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  • Omar Ali Sabar (9/4/2008 10:35:00 PM)

    Nothing short of genius... An absolute masterpiece..

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  • Michael Fischer (6/28/2008 10:10:00 PM)

    I like your style...a hybrid between classical and modern poetry. Comfortable, yet non-conforming. Good work!
    -Michael

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  • Brian Bird (6/15/2008 9:43:00 PM)

    Absolutely stunning work! Yes, it is war that needs a cell! Amen!

    -b

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  • Flora Gillingham (6/9/2008 7:34:00 AM)

    Agree your sentiments about War but if you are saying that it absolves individuals of responsibility for their actions (which I'm sure you can't be saying!) , I disagree.

    Very well written.

    Fx

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  • BlacknessRose ... (6/2/2008 6:19:00 PM)

    ..Wow I like it
    Good Job

    BlacknessRose

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  • Haytem A.fHaytem A.f (6/1/2008 9:19:00 PM)

    It's war itself, that is the crime;
    That dooms mens souls to Hell.
    The laughs you hear, they come from me;
    It's war, that needs a cell.
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    Great.. The ease in which you transfer your message.. the rhythm.. I guess I need to study the structure you used here.. but I can never match it..
    Again, Great work..10/10 (Specially that I agree with the message it carries)

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  • julesx 64 (5/30/2008 9:52:00 PM)

    What a great poem, the first one I have read of yours, I am so looking forward to reading more. Quite moving piece - how can war be a solving force when it distroys so much, both seen and unseen? ......... x

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  • Catherine Rica Cosico (5/28/2008 12:17:00 AM)

    WOW! ! ! A superbly awakening poem...A 10+ for you
    War is a never ending crime, already an ancient, present and a future illness of nature...

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  • Abha Sharma (5/26/2008 9:11:00 PM)

    Wars are no doubt destructive and many a times Man is forced to face it…
    Your stanzas closely watch and preach the intents of war….
    man digs his own grave by calling forth the war but sometimes when all measures fail
    this crime takes birth…
    War whether to save your honor or to exhibit your power?
    War as a crusade against evil or an evil’s game of recreation…..
    A puzzle which your poem seeks to venture….
    Well composed
    Abha

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  • ngaio beckngaio beck (5/26/2008 6:36:00 AM)

    I will comment on the above piece because you asked.As an example of poetic construct, ecellent.As a work of English alas I haven't the familiarity.education, or experience to be of any value in this venue.As a commentary on war and military, (an arena with which I am all to familiar) , I would not care to make any definitive comments which could be politically slanted, as I am a most grateful guest.I have given my general opinions on my site.These will have to suffice.
    Thank You
    Respectfully Ngaio Beck

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  • Dmitriy Kokarev (5/26/2008 1:17:00 AM)

    You hit the target...
    I can't help but agree...
    You'd think that after all these wars people would have learned their lesson...
    But i guess not...since wars are still much favored by the rulers of this world...
    Wonderful piece...
    Dmitriy K.

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  • Rich Hanson (5/24/2008 8:01:00 PM)

    While I don't believe in the 'Christian concepts of Hell and God, I agree with much of the sentiment uttered in your poem. 'War Crimes.....' almost an oxymoron. I think General Sherman tied hell to war a little better when he averred that 'War IS hell.'

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  • Dee Daffodil (5/24/2008 8:35:00 AM)

    People may think me odd...but I completely agree with you on this one Wolfey. While it saddens me to think that this is so...I know it to be reality. War is but one of the ways that our master keeps population under control. Many of our soldiers agonize with guilt, over things that they may have done in the name of war. But...a job...is just a job. Perhaps this is just you and I rationalizing...but I tend to think it's more than that.
    Thanks for writing this one Wolfey...it provokes a lot of thought.
    Hugs,
    Dee

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  • Ted Sheridan (5/21/2008 7:11:00 PM)

    While I disagree with the premise, I also fought next to men who died to protect this poem.

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