Terry D. Sutherland

FLOWER CHILD

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: August 22, 2007
Awarded: August 22, 2007
Children of the days of love
Sixty’s girls and turtle doves
Flowers in long straight hair
Flower crowns everywhere

Peace was the battle sound
Brothers and sisters forever bound
No guns or knives anywhere
Just dancing and music in the air

Who will make the bread they eat?
Who will cover their tender feet?
No one knows and no one cares
Everyone brings and everyone shares

On the other side of the pond
Real guns and soldiers bond
No flowers in their hair
Only blood and war’s despair

Most stayed for one long year
Wearing green and battle gear
Waiting for the chance to be
On a plane and cross the sea

Wearing flowers in their hair
Living free without a care
Knowing the secret that they hide
They can never in a friend confide

Now the flower child has found
To the brothers of war they are bound
Only the innocent can wear the flower
Youth and innocence war has devoured