professornana (professornana) wrote,

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one more for this morning's session

As we marked the anniversary of the Iraq War this past week (and it seems we will keep doing just that), Lee Bennett Hopkins' new anthology winged its way to me. AMERICA AT WAR is a moving collection of poems, arranged in a chronology of wars from the American Revolution to the Iraqi War that contains some of the classic poems as well as ones commissioned for this book. The Prologue, WISH FOR PEACE, offers us this:
that war
could only
rage upon the
battlefield of page,
and not a drop of blood
would flow, just ink, and
everyone would know
the word-freedom.

Joan Bransfield Graham

That says it all.

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