Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Just War

just war - (noun) - a war that is deemed to be morally or theologically justifiable

Trust the church to give us cover
and comfort; war is righteous
to protect lambs
from lions.

But when the lions borrow
talons from the eagle and teeth from the bear -
when the sheet covered bodies stretch row upon row
it's hard to see who or where

the lambs are.  The wool is pulled too tight
over our eyes
to see our Just War is just     war;
both lambs and lions die.

For Midweek Motif ~ War & Peace at Poets United

16 comments:

Susan said...

Oooph. (And do so whether or not we don the wolves' or sheep's skin.) Powerful!

Marja said...

Very powerful poem Love how you say Our just war is just...war

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I agree. The idea of a "just war" is very culturally conditioned. I like the different uses of Just.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I have never understood how any church can justify war for any reason. Your poem reinforces my belief that it's impossible.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Holy crapoly, MZ. This is powerful. It should be dug into a marble monument.

Sad times, these are.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Powerful. I am thinking of Benjamin Creme's quote, there can be no peace without social justice. I especially love the power in "War is just war; both lambs and lions die."

Myrna R. said...

What you say is so true. The way you say it is so original and piercing.

Martin Kloess said...

You powerfully bring out a truth (that is dying). There is a a truth that is being kept from us. The end of war is coming.

Sumana Roy said...

"Just War is just war; / both lambs and lions die." True but who cares? Love how the immensity of Just toys into just. Piercing.

gillena cox said...

Yes indeed. Are those left behind really the winners

Much love...

Jae Rose said...

Beautifully put

grapeling said...

my sons are 18 and 16, and worry about the draft being instituted.

Zappa was right, I think ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

You are 100% correct - the wool is being pulled over our eyes. Thank God, though, that it doesn't mean we are all blind.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is so powerful!!

Sara McNulty said...

No such thing as just war. This is brilliant.

Fireblossom said...

And it's the yellow fatcat that sends them there.