War, And The Flip-Side Of Glory

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

A tiny treatise on collateral costs in an (apparently) unending history of human warfare.


War, And The Flip-Side of Glory

Woe and sorrow do not change,
on the morrow or in the past.
Sudden parted, sad gone;
...the past is not last.

The crying mother,
the anxious father;
cruel-terrified, the child.
Not striving to fulfill or accomplish;
quite un-volunteered
..............................from love, or life.

Whether killed in B.C. or A.D.,
the dead are dead,
and grief is still grief,
and the wail of the living
falls on deafened ears
..............................and silent graves.

The sorrow of the ages
knows no pupil.
The tears fall to earth,
...and none die but the living.

.............by Steven P. Pody
.............Excerpted, with revisions, from 'The Panoptikon'

Submitted: October 24, 2020

© Copyright 2020 Steven P. Pody. All rights reserved.

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Harry Little

A nice poetry. Verily, war has a huge cost to mankind.

The effects of war (i.e. woe and sorrow) never change. They were and are the same. And once our dearest family member is lost in war, then never can we get him/her back.

Good one! I, perhaps think, that if the ways to avoid war were included in this piece, it would have been great. :-)

Mon, October 26th, 2020 5:14pm


Shoot, Harry, after 14,000 years of killing each other, you'd think someone could find an answer, wouldn't you? Dialogue? Non-proliferation of weapons? To me, the only real answer came in the movie: "The Day The Earth Stood Still", 1951. Develop a super and all powerful line of non-partisan, politics-and-power-neutral robots. Leave the policing and peacekeeping to them - in absolute terms, and step back and get on with all other aspects of our lives - commerce, artistic creativity, exploration. love... Perhaps as we soon get into advanced versions of A.I. this will indeed be our response. As long as we're on one single planet, with dwindling resources, growing populations and short-sighted leaders - we're in trouble, my friend. Turning the land, seas and skies into one vast toilet probably doesn't help either...

Mon, October 26th, 2020 3:45pm