Nancy L. Meek

IF WE STAND A CHANCE

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: March 20, 2007
Awarded: March 20, 2007
I’d rather die by famine,
disease or searing flames
than by fellow human beings
who seek to kill and maim.

I’d rather die by choking
on food that doesn’t fit
or a crackling bolt of lightning,
burnt crispy as it hit.

I’d rather die by drowning
in a tranquil pond or lake;
at least there’d be no murder
with a finger-pointing wake!

I’d rather die by any means
in a world exuding peace
than by carnal inhumanity
and wars that never cease.

I’d rather spend my days
freed from fear of “man”
who tries to find new ways
to kill me while he can.

I’d rather take my chances
with the carnivores that kill
not because they hate me
or believe it’s Allah’s will.

I’d rather bite my tongue
than say that all is lost…
that we never stood a chance
at peace without a cost.

I’d rather do my part
and turn the other cheek
and pray for those who kill
the humble and the meek.