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War...No War

by Mike Loftis

Evil deeds have come to light
a hidden blade is seen
The question now is war or not
There is no in between
Turn the other cheek or fight
No chance of compromise
Both sides stare back at the other
with distrusting hate filled eyes
Each one bowing to their God
Can righteousness prevail
with each side claiming heaven
while creating earthly hell
mothers wail and fathers weep
sons and daughters die
while politicians push their pawns
until the veins of youth run dry


Posted on 11/27/2004
Copyright © 2023 Mike Loftis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michelle Angelini on 11/27/04 at 05:44 PM

Very timely and well said. A slap in the face with the cold light of reality about who's really running our lives. Like the world today is one giant chess board and the pieces are being moved by unseen hands - only we know who they are.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 11/27/04 at 05:45 PM

Never a truer word was written....Charlie

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 11/27/04 at 11:30 PM

exactly. Powerfully told.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 11/28/04 at 03:11 AM

Very dramatic appeal for NO WAR! I think the issues are usually most complex--not just a matter of politicians decisions. Mankind can't seem to get their act together. It is a theological and spiritual issue I firmly believe.

Posted by Anne Engelen on 12/02/04 at 05:35 AM

Great read!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/02/04 at 06:18 PM

Reading this poem was like a breath of pure oxygen. Talk about a wake up call! Wish I had written this Mike...glad you did.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/02/04 at 06:19 PM

PS: Adds to favorites.

Posted by Junemarie Roldan on 07/06/06 at 09:29 PM

We are all pawns when men plan war. Considering the nature of the beast, can it be any different? I can only hope, I can only wish.

Posted by Brian Francis on 07/19/08 at 12:34 AM

I agree with your impications and really love this poem. +FAV -=bf

Posted by Maria Francesca on 07/26/08 at 01:02 PM

this is (unfortunately) still a timely piece of work...and a very well crafted one. Adding to faves.

Posted by Anastasia Selby on 10/25/08 at 02:27 AM

Reading this, while our country is enmeshed in so much negativity...very hard-hitting.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/17/09 at 06:43 PM

Unfortunately, this piece is STILL timely. The war rages on and the body count is still going up. My only question is: WHY ARE WE THERE? The last 4 lines are killer- very poerful write!!

Posted by George Hoerner on 07/13/18 at 07:33 PM

How true we will probably never know! Great piece!

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