Daily Archives: December 5, 2002

The Anti-War Codicil

Crank up the war machine, conscript the poor!
The wisest solution is we must to war.
For we are insulted, and slighted, and more;
we must have a cause, a wolf there at the door.

We lead by example, as everyone knows,
an emperor naked, in praise of our clothes;
yet no one makes mention, and why, you suppose,
that our face is disfigured from lacking a nose?

And who are we fighting? Well, we’re not quite sure —
but it’s doubtless an evil that threatens the pure,
a menace to freedom, and all that’s demure —
well, it’s symptoms, not causes we’re aiming to cure.

So let fly the cannon and loose the war plane!
No rhetoric slows us; no need to explain.
“There’s no time to waste!” should be our proud refrain;
enthusiasm is what conquers our pain.

And those who still wonder, and question this fate?
We must give up freedom for good of the state;
and forget convenience before it’s too late.
Just think of those brave souls with naught on their plate!

If were were in Rome, we would need some great Nero:
a leader with vision, who lets our fire grow.
With flourish and pomp we’ll declare our new hero!
The score? Give us one, and give everyone zero.

05 DEC 2002

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Does a Rose Say No To Life?

If life be a rose, those who pick it may find
both petal and thorn, sweet and the unkind;
and essence as well as the outer husk,
for each is essential, both prick and musk.

If life be negation, that null space filled
with trials and hardship and tests of will,
it is also a loud, resounding yes;
for to be true life it cannot be less.

For life to be lived fully it must contain
a mixture of sorrow, pleasure and pain;
Each one has its place in the plan of things,
we must not spurn the lessons each one brings.

Just life? Just a rose? Just a yes or no?
It is only belief that makes it so.

05 DEC 2002

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