May 28, 2013

Haiku - Dog Days, and Poem - I wish

From The Uncommon Criminal by Kyle De Wolf (author's profile)


Kyle De Wolf

Some days are lazy:
Flies buzzing in the hot air,
The sun beats us down.

Kyle De Wolf

I wish that all the wars could be over,
and all the soldiers could come home.

I wish that America would make peace with the world,
instead of letting its foreign policy be dictated
by armchair generals and oilmen.

I wish that instead of spending money
on guns and missiles and bombs,
we could spend money on schools and hospitals
and free clinics for the poor.

For in a final sense, as they say,
every dollar spent on bullets and bombs
is a dollar picked from the pockets of the poor,
a sandwich stolen from the mouth of a hungry child.

I wish that I had never joined the military,
and wasted my time pouring sweat in the hot sun
for Cheney's shores in Halliburton.

I wish that the government financed free education,
so that we wouldn't be forced to fight
just to make something of ourselves.

I wish that we could break our guns
and melt down our bullets,
and make guitar strings and playthings,
merry-go-rounds and swings.

Instead we can bury our dead.

I wish that we didn't have to live in fear
of angry young men eager
to gun us down in cold blood.

Who told them it was fun
to play with guns?
Who told them it was a thrill
to kill?

Will our President take a long hard look
in the mirror? Will any of us?

I wish that we would.

I wish that wishes meant something.



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vdruhe Posted 5 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
Makes me sit still and breathe deep.

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