War against War


Through our oafish deeds,
we disown our scheming acts –
when, while planning, arranging,
pursuing peace,
we prepare for savage wars.


The salient features of any wars
are their war crimes;
shaken truces, broken worlds, left
tottering far behind.
We bring out other worlds,
measuring: ravaging battles
burning flesh amid battle-cries.


Wars are never fair.
How can there be fair victories,
or peaceful wars?
We all know that.
But people can be different!
Some are never out of becoming devils:
slaughtering children,
and making widows out of fresh brides.




Geeta Chhabra


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