Lest we forget (War, what is it good for?)

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governments quarrel, bicker
to war, to war, comes a cry
not of you, or I, but of those
protected by cannon fodder
for pride of country!
sacrificing women, men
for the safety of our citizens
on the other side of the world!

as a blood spattered child, alone
weeps for his parents

© by DC Lessoway

Pretence

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masks of war
victory or death
hurrah! hurrah!
onto crimson plains
go children go
for god and country
au revoir, sayonara, goodbye
auf wiedersehen
till, again we meet on
glorious flaxen fields
for you, in stone, raised
each year call upon
eyes to heaven in gratitude
yet
do soldiers look down
ponder our world, have:
anger at squandered life?
joy in their sacrifice?

photo and poem (c) by DC Lessoway