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War Is Kind (standard:poetry, 213 words)
Author: kendall thomas Added: Dec 22 2002Views/Reads: 2375/1244Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A college student rationalizes feelings of guilt for being sheltered from a war in which others die.

~War Is Kind~ 

By Will 


Poor kids, 

why do you hang 

to the branches 

of these barren, campus trees? 

Why won't you 

let go? 


Do your mothers 


the color of your eyes? 


Think of all the leaves; 

it is telling how they lie. 


But I cannot cry. 

Did I know the sorrow 

whispering your names? 

I hear something, vaguely, 

about a war, and sigh, 

and the autumn leaves lie. 

I cannot cry. 


O, Mother Grief, 

do not be deceived, 

war is kind. 



I feel for you 

poor kids, 

God knows; 

but you can't expect 

the best to die 

for something low. 


Does it hurt to die? 

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