Gary Jacobson

DO YOU HEAR THE CALL TO WAR?

Do You Hear the Call to War?
A place we’ve been to, too many times before
In rhetoric ringing so loudly, you cannot ignore
Hating men voicing failed thinking
Thinking by war, to peace restore…

Ready now the harvest of our sons
Sent innocent into the mouth of guns
On distant alien shore
Brothers, fathers, heard from nevermore
Forever lost in bloody tides of war…

Though I would defend right with my last breath
To start the fight reeks only of death
Senseless hatred blooming, perverse to the right
Withering hope by political ambitions blight
Binding tight, keen eyes of justice sight…

Senseless but to those obligated
Fodder for politicos guns committed
Flowers of youth selected
Sent into the fiery pit
Deemed for deathly duty fit…

Promises fly rife of age-old fame and glory
Again told to our youth the devil’s theory
By men who’ve not walked in battle’s story
Sabers rattling of war preemptive
In rhetoric to our good nation destructive…

Maybe they too will someday learn
Before death’s cross they earn
The sacrifice of freedom’s mourn
Who’ve not tasted fear of death in mud and blood
Have yet to see the sacrifice of brotherhood…

That there’s no glory in war
Only hatred’s there that men should abhor
Death and dying on a far away shore
Floundered in hot sands of time
In a perpetually dismal combat rhyme…

We cannot alone all nations police
Dispel our world’s evil avarice
We cannot… should not… honor forsake
All differences obedient to our dictates make…
Throw those we oppose into brimstone’s lake

Sir, Saddam is no Hitler…
Our nation needs now, no experiment in horror
Jumping too quickly into war’s melting pot
Justice by armed intervention sought
No-one should have to endure
Unnecessary war.

Learn indeed what the warriors learned
On whose hearts once evil and hatred burned
Who first hand know of values to sow
Peace, compassion and harmony bestow
Hearken now to their dream of starry skies
Winnowed from our house of lies…