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Saturday, November 11, 2006

War and Peace


Young man soldier you have been tricked
Pulled blindly into this bloody conflict
Your mind plays games of judgment
As you stand upon the desert sands still and poignant
As the sky is blackened with remorseless demons
Young man soldier reflects on home and loved ones
As you enter and tread carefully towards the battlefield
Your hands washed with blood and your heart concealed
Will you ever learn to stop the fight
Too late the aftermath, the devastated bombsite
Of blood and limbs and dead man's skin
That life is so cheap, we trade-in to win
Soldier know that these are your brothers in trouble
That lay weeping and broken beneath the rubble
The desert sand will blow and drift, burn your eyes
Remember the killing of one another God despise
Reflect - how you neglected to respect life and love
As you dig the grave encircled by the mourning dove
We pray for your safe return
And hope that one day you will learn.
Where have all the flowers gone long time ago.
Where have all the flowers gone
Young girls picked them everyone.
When will they ever learn .......

Click on above all lyrics and music to Where have all the flowers gone?

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! ~Thomas William
Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored. ~Daniel Webster
With the tears a Land hath shedTheir graves should ever be green.~Thomas Bailey Aldrich


samuru999 said...

That brought tears to my eyes!
It was an amazing poem!
Thank you!
and bless you!!!!


J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Very nice...thoughtful

polona said...

wonderful... so poignant!

as to your question about the haiku/haiga:
last night i was at the reunion of my grammar school class (it was in fact the 25th anniversary). most of the classmates were a good team back then but i always felt i didn't belong there. we had a reasonably good time last night but that feeling of not belonging was stronger than ever before, hence the non-fitting shoes. that's a concrete image as it should be in a haiku but it's also a metaphor for the discomfort i felt.
hope that helps you in understanding that haiga. i don't really know why i chose that image but i thought it might work with the text...


trinitystar said...

Thank you for popping over ... yes, now I understand ... when one does not fit in. I wasnt sure about the flower. I could interpret lots of things about the flower. Not sure if it would be what is supposed to be though.

serenity said...

Beautiful post trinity.

I don't want to add any words here to clutter these words you have written, other than to say ... peace.

Don Iannone said...

Beautiful poem so wonderfully said.

trinitystar said...

Thank you folks for popping in on Remeberance Day. :o)
Peace to you all.

Rob said...

Powerful poem.

You may remember Donovan singing "Universal Soldier".

I can't imagine what it must be like to be serving in Iraq.

trinitystar said...

Yes, it muct be very difficult for those of us to comprehend what is going on and what for.
Thanks for dropping in.