Francis Duggan

War Must Be A Terrible Thing - Poem by Francis Duggan

I've never even been in a war zone though of the war dead the balladeers sing
But it isn't that hard to imagine that war must be a terrible thing
Those who start wars should lead their troops in battle but they leave others for them to fight
Such people not worthy of honour two wrongs never do make a right.

Each evening film footage of war zones on the six o clock news on T V
Whole streets razed to rubble by bombings a horrible sight for to see
Just a mention of the dead and the wounded collateral damage the words to them that apply
Since they are enemy civilians 'tis not our fault that they did die.

The supposed war to end wars long over will war and terrorism ever come to an end
You kill someone's wife and his children that person will not become your friend
The family of a bombing gone wrong or of a suicide bomber are left for to bury their dead
And sorry of little use to them since such words are so easily said.

It isn't that hard to imagine that war must be a terrible thing
Though of the young and brave who died in battle the balladeers are happy to sing
Yet those who glorify war in the first place are glorifying something that's wrong
We live in the twenty first century but to the dark ages belong.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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