Mike Subritzky


when the last mercenary
hangs up his rifle,
and the last cannon
is returned to the store.

when the final wicked
warhead is dismantled,
and the last great king
decrees an end to war.

when the last soldier
abhors the act of killing,
and the last parent
mourns for a fallen son.

when the last rusted sword
is hammered into a ploughshare,
– peace on earth
– and goodwill to all men.

POW/MIA Banner“Art of Peace Showcase” 2000 – Selected Poem: The National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia’s sole purpose is to obtain the release of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing and repatriation of all recoverable remains of those who died serving our nation during the Vietnam War