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Little did we know
… the horrors of ending war.
Seemed thousands of troops would bleed
… through death’s open door
Before a single soldier set foot
… on Japan’s main shore.
Countless many more would have died,
… their lives lost in vain—
Charging island after island
… fighting Samuris inhumane—
… death with honor, their highest gain.
In the U.S. the flashes
… were mere radio news facts.
In Japan the bombs killed 10,000s
… not engaged in combat.
Innocents could not run
… or lie flat in the killing zone—
No time to dodge searing heat
… melting flesh and bone.
What right hath foreign troops
… to steal land from other nations?
Or opposing armies to create
… such monstrous killing weapons?
‘Tis a hope such heinous ways
… mankind would dare not trod.
‘Twas a vicious slap in the face
… of our creating God!
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|Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
|Add resounding A M E N s from my corner !!
The message could not be more important or more timely, and you
have conveyed it brilliantly.
So sad and frustrating to see war after war erupt.
Is studying history a total waste? I like to think not, but I have to admit, evidcence points that way.
Keep shouting it out, Regis, keep shouting it out!!
So good to know that, like me, you plan to write to your last breath.
By hook or crook, right?
Just reread your AD bio, by the way. You are one accomplished fellow!!
'I. Amin Awe'
|Reviewed by Daniel Keith
|Wow! Strong words give a haunting visual. May God bless you every day of your life.
|Reviewed by Chip Bergeron
|Big message here....
|Reviewed by Alan Cook
|A good poem on the horrors of war.
The old men send the young to die in war,
but if the roles were reversed, what then then score?
|Reviewed by Paul Judges
|Very well penned.|
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|Your poem is well written but seems at odds with itself. By chance I watched a documentary on the History channel this past weeked and was reminded that the losses at Iwo Jima and Okinowa were horrific for both sides. Wholesale conventional bombing of Japan was not succesful in eliminating their ability to continue the war, nor the desire to end it. Two flashes did the job. Was it the right thing to do? I'm not God so I can't say. But a lot of US troops lived on that otherwise with certainty, would have perished in an invasion that would have killed even MORE Japanese. Patrick|
|Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
|Very powerful indeed dear man..as always enjoyed very muchh..Hugss|
|Reviewed by Linda Hill
AMEN! A powerful write and much needed.
Regis H. Schilken