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The War of the World

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Michael
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0 posted 10-26-1999 08:15 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

Alright...be warned, this is OLD and Long so please excuse the crudity, but does bear a decent message...I posted it here for a friend.


THE WAR OF THE WORLD

Before the dawn the planning starts
In black and white, in purple hearts.
No conscience, no remorse for sins,
From poison pens their war begins.
The battle plans are then transferred
To field generals who give the word.
At the crack of dawn, we heed the cry,
Firing at will until night claims the sky.

Rigorously chopping out the trenches,
We rip through fields, forests, and fences.
Never letting anything stand in our way,
We take another mile everyday.
Laying the mountains and oceans under siege,
To please our leaders with feudatory liege.
For the sake of our children, our homes, our wives,
We attack our earth every day of our lives.

Standing proud, claiming victory,
A vacant field where forest used to be.
Our leaders won't rest a night
Till we're guided to the next battle site.
When ordered, we chop down the trees.
When ordered, we pollute the seas.
When ordered, we blacken the sky.
When ordered, we never ask why.

For if we were to post opposition,
Surely we would lose our position.
And for all our leaders may have lost,
It'would be our families suffering the cost.
So with the welfare of our children in mind,
We slowly rob our grandchildren blind.
At the crack of dawn, voiceless as a mime,
We destroy our earth one day at a time.

The enemy, weary, weak and worn,
Outnumbered, shambled, rent and torn,
Gives almost no resistance at all.
Each day, one closer to the fall.
We take no prisoners, no lives we spare.
But in the glory, power and might we fare,
Will there at all be a victory
When mankind chops down the last tree?

When the war's near over, this much is true,
The final plans will come in shades of blue.
The generals will unroll them with a smile,
Giving the orders without reconcile.
They'll be followed, no thought being lost
To just what, indeed, might be the cost.
Setting the universal paradigm,
We'll hurt our earth for the last time.

How well will mankind be equipped
With the skeleton of an earth we stripped?
How well will mankind adhere
With the sun burning holes in the atmosphere?
The contaminated sea, no life giving,
Not a sign of plant-life left living.
The sky glowing brilliant, bright red -
Mankind, fulfilling his quest, will be dead.

But the earth we betrayed shall remain,
With all it's allies, wind, fire, and rain.
Who again in time will become pure,
Finding perfect harmony with nature.
Claiming, over mankind, the victor's prize,
Mankind, whose greed led the battle cries.
But, who, in never stopping to see their crime,
Destroyed themselves one day at a time.

Michael Anderson
10/90


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Michael Anderson

Is all that we see or seem
but a dream within a dream?



[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 10-26-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
Pepper
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1 posted 10-26-1999 08:28 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Powerful message here Michael!
Thank you for sharing this piece....

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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extrordinaire!
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2 posted 10-26-1999 08:43 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Wonderful verse.Excellent message.

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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3 posted 10-26-1999 08:55 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Absolutely perfect!
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4 posted 10-26-1999 12:02 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Michael,
You can't say it better than that. powerful
paint, powerful message, excellent poem.
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5 posted 10-26-1999 12:47 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme


I agree with you completely. Probably wont be around to see the end of it, but see it die a little every day and that's enough for me. Beautiful, Michael!
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6 posted 10-26-1999 12:54 PM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

Close to the heart again...

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No matter where you go, somebody's probably already been there and gotten the parking space...
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7 posted 10-26-1999 01:23 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent thoughts, Michael.
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8 posted 10-26-1999 01:38 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

and all that beauty will be destroyed..

HUGS

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

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9 posted 10-26-1999 02:53 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

"With the welfare of our children in mind
We slowly rob our grandchildren blind..."

That's one of your best lines, Michael...
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10 posted 10-26-1999 02:55 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Our thanks to the friend. *S* This is great, Michael... Well done!
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11 posted 10-26-1999 06:33 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Well worth the read. I agree with Nan on the those two lines... they struck me solid. A strong message we should all heed. Well done!
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12 posted 10-26-1999 07:30 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Great poem, great message. I felt like running outside and plant a tree, just to do something to save this precious globe.
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13 posted 10-26-1999 07:34 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Thank you for the reposting of this piece for whatever reason my friend.

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Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvilŠ

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14 posted 10-26-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Well done, Michael!

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Denise
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15 posted 10-26-1999 10:31 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Hmmn, I think I need to start reading my dictionary so I can find new words to describe your poetry! Awesome, Fantastic, Superb! Deep thought here and so true. I love the ending it packs such a punch! Wonderful message Michael!
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16 posted 10-27-1999 04:34 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

WOW! Is this what made them coin the phrase, "Oldie, but goodie?"
You must bring back some more of your "older" stuff Michael...I am finding it to be much to my liking!
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17 posted 10-27-1999 07:24 AM       View Profile for JennyLee   Email JennyLee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JennyLee

Makes me so sad ,but is so true.
A message I wish we could all take up arms against. Thanks for re-posting this.

Jenny Lee
Michael
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18 posted 10-28-1999 09:18 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Well I certainly didn't expect this one to fly...I am overwhelmed that all of you found it in such high regard. Maybe I will start digging back a little, Chris. When looking at this and "Infinity" I wonder if I've lost some of the passion I used to possess.

I wish to say thank you to all of you.


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Michael Anderson

Is all that we see or seem
but a dream within a dream?


 
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