To End All Wars

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For I have seen the barren fields
Stained with blood and prejudice
The trampled weeds and ashen skies:
We once knew war, but none like this
You, in your beds, and you, in your homes
Far away in the land of the free
You, in your cities built of glass –
How you would shiver if you could see
And all you who should sleep tonight
Thank your gods for the locks on your doors
All you with homes and families
Remember what we’re fighting for
And may you lay you down tonight
Safe from the darkness that grips this land
And may you wake in the morning light
Far from the perils of distant sands.





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rage_against_the_machine said...
Sept. 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Very stirring, and thought-provoking. 

The fact that you can write poems this wonderful amazes me, I've never understood how people can do it. All those nuances and implications. I don't think I could.

 
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Thank you so much! :)
 
Love.Hate.Passion. said...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm
I felt like I was reading a beautiful prayer. I hope this reminds others to be grateful for what they have.
 
Garnet77 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 2, 2011 at 1:52 am
Great imagery. I love your poetry!!!!! :)
 
RedvinesWTHCantTheyDo said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm
I love your choice of words.
 
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm
I'm glad you like it!
 
Princess Momo said...
Jul. 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm
I... am... spellbound. I ama writer, and I like to think a good one, but this is extraordinary. Just like the "I Went Walking" poem. Fantastic, I can't wait for your next work, Jad! xoxo
 
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm
Yay!! Princess Momo is here! :D Thank you so very much! :)
 
IamtheshyStargirl said...
Jul. 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Ahhhh

A breath released slowly to show my recognition, and for a few lines, my puzzlement that something is not quite right. Thank you for writing this, my heart bleeds even now for all of the injustice that I know of, and that I am not even aware of.

 
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm
Thank you so much! It's supposed to be about World War II, although the title is a nod to WWI. I'm glad you liked it. :)
 
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