Holly Avila

Holly Aliva

Holly is a folk singer and has a World Music group that specializes in what she call Pan American Fusion, combining the sounds of the Appalachians with Central American style accordion and Andean flutes and charango.

With roots in Blue Grass, Holly writes songs in English and Spanish. Her favorite rhythm is Cumbia; a dance beat from Colombia, and the popular music of all of the Latin American immigrants in this country. Once married to a Mexican, which is how Holly learned the language and the music.

Some of Holly’s music can be heard on her MySpace Page and her song, “The Blue Planet Blue”, can be viewed on YouTube.

WAR IS THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND

How many more Mai Lai’s before we realize
such memories hunt you down?
War is the devil’s playground!
You think you’re serving God
and your Mom will be so proud,
till the message filters down
that anything’s allowed.
So the lost and demented
go on a killing spree
while the world in horror blames
taxpayers, you and me.
There’s fresh blood on your hands,
and on my hands, too.
Have we forgotten how to end a war?
Now what are we going to do?
Our leaders arm our enemies
while planning their doom
and America sleeps
in an entertainment tomb.
Our money is sucked up dry
by a monster, whose only end
is the end of life itself.
Now isn’t that worthy to defend?
I cry to my generation
to remember what we knew
that war is always hell,
now what are we going to do?
How many more Mai Lai’s
before we realize
such memories hunt you down?
War is the devil’s playground!
How many more Mai Lai’s?
How many more Fallujah’s
how many Wounded Knees?
How many Haditha’s…

Author’s Note: My poem appeared along with many others in a book compiled with my friend and essayist, Judy Andreas. Our book, which we published in 2006 with Raven Press, is entitled “Broken Dreams, Shattered Promises” and deals with a lot of political, social, as well as personal angst.