Stupid Men

We've seen it happen twice before: stupid men
Deranged by hubris push ahead against each
Other, certain that someone will turn away,
But not one thinks he can, or should, and,
Suddenly, the little wars which keep the stupid
Men employed become combined. The world's
Aflame, from Latvia to Lebanon to both Koreas
To Iran and all of the Arabian Peninsula, and
On the oceans to the East. The missiles
And munitions fly, and men and women
By the millions, those in uniform and not,
Are slaughtered until one group of the stupid
Men capitulates. The other group, in triumph,
Executes the first, and, reassured that they
Are brilliant, also righteous, they begin
Again to set the world on the path to war.

Poetry by Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-11-07 at 14:10

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Brilliantly expressed. But sad really.

Wilfred Owen would be proud

A horrendous truth. Your poem re-echoes the old notion of war that stupid men start.