And they establish foundations and give
                              some of the money back.
                                        – William Stafford (“Men”)

No pauses, anymore,
between wars.
No parades for heroes

stopping traffic
on Main Street—
no laurels for generals

to rest upon
when there are no ends—
just justified beginnings.

War is commonplace
like mountains in the distance
no one looks up to see,

too far from more
pressing matters
to consider unusual.


2 responses to “WHEN WAR IS PEACE

  1. Peter Notehelfer

    A keen observation . . .

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Strong, succinct, clear–words to make us look to those hazy mountains beyond our obscuring disinterest and denial.

    Liked by 1 person

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