No More Blood

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~War and Peace

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left” — Bertrand Russell

There are those driven to feel superior,
A need, a greed, to conquer and own
Other lands. They amass those exterior
Countries who wish to be left alone.
World wars are waged for oil, land, religion,
And bloodshed of our youth runs red, such waste.
Young people’s futures shot to oblivion,
Honored with medals, their lives are erased.
What is history for if not to learn
From grievous mistakes in name of country.
How many more bodies and minds must burn
Until we lift veils from our eyes and see?

We must have hope for peace to survive;
Wipe out greed and hate so all may thrive.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to No More Blood

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    “such waste”… This is exactly what war is like. But the warmongers don’t think so. Sigh.

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  2. sanaarizvi says:

    “What is history for if not to learn from grievous mistakes in name of country”…. sigh I absolutely agree!

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