The New Year will bring a new war,
because there is no other way,
for man to settle his differences,
and so it continues to this day.
When have we ever been at peace?
Can someone give me a date and time?
I’m not looking for a miracle,
just an ever hopeful sign.
If I don’t give you what you want,
then you exert your will,
over me and what is mine.
And for this, you choose to kill.
Those armed goons you send,
I counter with my own.
As we fight to the very end,
the results are already known.
There are solders standing waiting,
they stand waiting to answer the call.
And we make sure they know their duty
is to fight wars that will never stall.
I hear the echo of the flintlocks,
and I see the flash of bayonets.
Now it’s missiles, grenades and drones,
fired by young West Point cadets.
The scenery never changes.
It’s the same old battlefield.
There is smoke and there is carnage,
and soldiers dying from wounds not healed.
So look forward to this New Year,
as we continue the trends of the old.
We don’t want to live in peace.
Peace lies dead in a grave so cold.
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland
Not to end 2014 on such a sour note, but I am a realist and I do not believe that somehow, an epiphany will hit our ‘world leaders’ and that they will come to an understanding that we all share this planet. They seem recklessly and seemingly hell bent on sending us headlong into another world war and if that happens, I really don’t see how any of us will make it through, completely unscathed, if at all.
Peace? We don’t even have a ‘piece’ of it.