Tuesday, January 27, 2015

War?

War is like obscenity;
I know it when I see it.

Little girls clinging to camouflaged legs.

Scars and stumps.

Corpses, collateral damage.

War

is an obscenity.
I know it when I see it.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

19 comments:

Fireblossom said...

"Little girls clinging to camouflaged legs."

Damn, that's an image.

manicddaily said...

This is a clever use of that old first amendment trope--I can't remember what Chief Justice said it--Potter Stewart comes up--I believe it led to the Supreme Court having to watch a bunch of xxx films.

You are certainly right here--the body parts and the little girls at issue are not to be diminished--thanks. k.

Yvonne Osborne said...

You know I love this.

"Little girls clinging to camouflaged legs"

Camouflage everything, popular camouflage. Camouflage war and what it produces.

You are a poet! This is one of my favorites of yours.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Powerfully put, MZ.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific, powerful and I, too, love the "Little girls clinging to camouflaged legs"! No one says/writes it better, MZ!!!

Kenn Merchant said...

War is such a wasteful task to undertake. There is nothing to be gained from it, and everything to lose.

Björn Rudberg said...

Oh yes.. we seem to be in similar mood here today.. only you say it so much shorter.. so very much to the point.. and collateral damage is a just a way of saying murder.

Gillena Cox said...

short, poignant write

have a nice Tuesday

much love...

blueoran said...

I watched the first 45 minutes of "American Sniper" and gave up on it, taking Clint Eastwood 160 rifle-rounds down in my estimation. An obscene amount of red meat. That kind of flag-waving keeps feeding the (all-volunteer, it's a damn job) war machine. Turns this stomach too. "Scars and stumps" we heave enough.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

i never watch war movies or read books because they can never address the obscentiy of its reality. with a movie or book that isn't a real chronicle/biographical or historical, depiction the narrative is usually one the celebrates war with a protagonist that is categorized a 'hero'.

the argument or discourse for the use the term 'hero' as an aggregate of war or someone in uniform is one that our society must have.

Carrie Van Horn said...

Yes the war of worlds and the war of the front seat for brother and sister. I know it to. Love this Mama Zen!!

Justin Lamb said...

An obscenity, indeed.

Susie Clevenger said...

Such profound truth in such few words.

Kim Nelson said...

Yes. It is. No one has said it better.

http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2015/01/27/spectrum/

Margaret said...

Yes. But sometimes obscenities must be used. Doesn't make it easy, though.

Brian Miller said...

ugh. yeah.
the stumps...lost legs...it hurts my heart a bit...

what is just war?

my heart's love songs said...

this is so true, Kelli! i remember seeing footage of the war in Viet Nam (i believe it was the first time actual film from a war had been seen on television nightly news) and how horrific that was. it breaks my heart that we haven't grown past such obscenities by now...

grapeling said...

too many damn Potter's Fields, and Justice Potter may have agreed ~

Suburban Spinach said...

"War" is "raw" backwards. I think being raw in front of other people feels like an obscenity.