War-Cry

 

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War is the awful cry of contradiction.

Formed by a body of individuals
who kill for a living,
who rely on selectively-shot Intelligence

from an institution bitter to the sweet marrow,
that knows the self-soothe only in uniformity,
rationale untruths and violence.

War engenders, cyclically, semiconsciously,
the opposite of its goal,

stirring the seething pot of more.

Holy War is, with every harrowing cry made by law,
mismatch, genocide, hypocrisy do-or-die,
human blood, bone and brain, yet

without the faintest cry of doubt,
the ultimate oxymoron.

 
 

I had a long rant intended about the Syria intervention, Iran ulterior motive, and the Afghanistan resolution that could have happened years ago, but calculated to happen now to justify/placate/allow the next stage of Middle-East oil conquest (and make it appear as if Obama earned his Peace Prize). Instead, here’s the poem, which could apply to broader war contexts.

 

About Luke Prater

I am thirty-five, and live in England. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but I'd argue the opposite.
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11 Responses to War-Cry

  1. brian miller says:

    who rely on selectively-shot Intelligence from an institution bitter
    ha, aint that the truth….holy war is a myth, a convenience
    to hide the viciousness of man….def oxy moron…

  2. Christi Moon says:

    stellar word-play and masterfully crafted formatting are working together to weave some magic in this poem on the inescapable holy horrors (oily whores) of war. I think your editing has served the piece well. the penultimate stanza is a real beaut– love the subtle rhyme and alliteration you’ve used there. ..and “engenders” is fab in S4.

  3. Christi Moon says:

    I’m not 100% sold on the title a it’s so close to the well-worn phrasing “battle-cry”. Are you set on that for the title?

  4. PoetJanstie says:

    There isn’t enough war poetry these days, probably, I guess, because people get bored, overloaded with it. I think there is more reason than ever to ensure its presence in our consciousness, as we get further and further away from the last great war, WW2. Your poem carries a more subtle message; it’s not narrative, but it is, to me, all the more effective for its use of irony, with a twist of the bitters. Great write, Luke.

  5. This is a much needed poem. So many of the “civilized” claim they fight wars for freedom, for national security…It is all shit covered in flags. Violence only births more violence…Great piece Luke!!

  6. brian miller says:

    hey man, where you been?

  7. ManicDdaily says:

    Heart-breaking – Holy war the goofiest–oxymoronic and plain moronic.

    This stanza very powerful–

    War engenders, cyclically, semiconsciously,
    the opposite of its goal,

    stirring the seething pot of more.

    Though that may be a stage–eventually there’s so much killing that it has to stop for a while. (A short while.)

    Powerful poem. k.

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