No War

Don’t speak to me of holy wars
Of martyrdom and sacrifice
Don’t speak of an enlightened cause
Of infidels and paradise
 
There is no decent way to kill
No comfort for a widowed bride
There is no vengeful divine will
No godly plan for genocide
 
Don’t speak to me of hidden bombs
Of dictators and liberty
Don’t speak of righting nations’ wrongs
Of winning peace and setting free
 
There is no gold that’s worth a life
No oil that’s worth the blood
There is no diamond worth the strife
Of sordid profits from the mud
 
Don’t speak to me of sacred ground
Of ancient consecrated earth
Don’t speak of treasures lost and found
Of claiming back His place of birth
 
There is no faith that teaches hate
No doctrine founded on revenge
There is no violent seal of fate
No prayer to make the bloodshed end
 
Don’t speak to me of wars for peace
Of battles for the hearts and minds
Don’t speak of blames that never cease
Of hurt that heals and pain that binds
 
There is no glory in a war
No victory in futures lost
There is no flag worth killing for
No profit that can match the cost.
 

Wayne Visser © 2011

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