Villanelle of Disillusionment

This is how you start a war
Not with weapons, but with books
Anger rich and wisdom poor

People turn to ancient lore
The meaning of the words mistook
This is how you start a war

In hats and robes they absolved the gore
With eyes that burned and fists that shook
Anger rich and wisdom poor

With eager hearts so many swore
To guard this brotherhood of rooks
This is how you start a war

We’re taught as people to abhor
Our neighbors for their different looks
Anger rich and wisdom poor

Repent, atone, forgive, restore
For the bloodshed, for the lives we took
Wisdom rich and anger poor
This is how you stop a war





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