Michael Pruchnicki

Why Do We Fight - Poem by Michael Pruchnicki

It all depends, don't you think?
Why not just swallow the line
that pacifists urge on us
and roll over for enemies
intent on our destruction?

Of course, they are never
the ones who stand muster
and form up in ranks
to resist the aggressor
laying their lives on the line

No, indeed, they litter the plaza
with handouts and discarded
placards denouncing the land
of their birth and decamp
to warm and clean flats
far from the frontlines

Let's salute these cowards
and applaud their efforts
to retire from a war
that demands sacrifice!
God damn this land!

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 27, 2008

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