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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get listed: The Art of War

Art? in war?
what’s war for?
the silent sound of children dying
tenderness of mothers crying
futility of fathers trying
to explain duty, alliance, tactics
to ears which now can’t hear.

In the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, this Wednesday’s word list was from a 1910 edition of The Art of War by Sun Tzu. An ancient book, it has been published and republished until the actual identity of the original author is lost in the mists of time.
And here we are, 100 years after “The War to End all Wars” and our world has never seen a prolonged period of peace.

I have chosen a few words from the list of 13 to include in a short poem on a subject that haunts us all.

12 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Outstanding, Kay. It is so good to see you!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Succinct and pertinent. Solid. YAM xx

Carrie Van Horn said...

Kay this is amazing....you used all the words in a few sentences and said so much...that last line is a powerful one.

Liz Rice-Sosne said...

This is so good Kay. Oddly my best poems are about war. I am still writing at Noh Where (or I will be soon I hope). But I am also using Blogger for photography at: mydowntownblog here:

http://mydowntownblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/inside.html

Please come by and see me. Thanks, Liz

Helen said...

Haunting, yes.

Susie Clevenger said...

Kay, this is an amazing piece. You have packed so much truth of the pain of war in a few words.

Kerry O'Connor said...

The dying, crying, trying really cement the actual victims of warfare: the family, the basis of all societies.

grapeling said...

taut, deep, and astute, Kay. thank you so much for adding your voice ~ M

Powell River Books said...

War just seems to rotate around the world. Here today, there tomorrow. So sad. - Margy

Tammy said...

That is indeed a haunting poem.

Mara said...

Love the poem, very thought provoking.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I was gifted that book in 1993!