richard pierce

richard pierce

5 August 2014

WWI Pentaptych

I.

The lights go out over Europe
Where war is too remote for understanding.
Though it's less than a generation
Since genocide.



II.


In homes without walls
In homes still at war;
Not from middle-class choice
But from fear and despair.



III.


to remember the war to end all wars
and still we fight
over power and organised religion.
Man's inhumanity to man
continues.


IV.


we honour our fallen friends
in all conflicts,
not the politicians
who perpetuate war
from safety and wealth.



V.


over europe
if you give fascists
your vote
regardless of colour
or nationality.
remember the future
as well as the past.

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