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Wayne Guy Butterfield Male, 66, United States (12/13/2005 12:09:00 AM)

Hello, all. I was deeply moved by the poem Ernestine recently posted entitled, “Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep.” The last line in particular, “I am not there I did not die, ” inspired me to write the following, with rhythm and rhyme and even a bit of free verse. The thoughts seemed especially appropriate these days, as the latest polls show most Americans now feel they were purposely misled into war.

Nowhere To Hide

So it was just lies
The need to go to war
Intentionally created
Secretly debated
Subtly misleading
Endlessly repeating
Lies
Lies
Lies

Yet somehow we fell for it
The need to go to war
Presidentially purported
Congressionally supported
Journalistically followed
Publicly swallowed
Lies
Lies
Lies

Lies about the reasons
Lies about the treasons
Lies with every breath
Lies that led to death
Over and over
And over again
Lies
Lies
Lies

Somewhere the souls of thousands
Remember our need to go to war
Somewhere the souls of thousands
Cry in horror for ever more

They see through our justifications
Can no longer be fooled by our lies
The charade that we wanted to free them
Permanent bases carefully disguised

They know the war’s real reasons
Pivotal power from control of black gold
Contempt for the views of others
The value that each life holds

And they cry out to us now in shock and awe
To warn of the terrible price we will pay
If we keep swallowing the lies of our leaders
Till we join them on judgment day

Yes, somewhere the souls of thousands
See the truths we fail to grasp
And they hear the rattling bones of the dead
From the graveyards of empires past


Wayne Guy Butterfield

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  • Ernestine Northover Rookie - 1st Stage (12/13/2005 3:58:00 PM) Post reply

    Yes, Wayne, I loved this a lot, I have put a comment on it on your poems site. As I said then the last two lines are absolutely great, and a beautiful finale to the poem. Congrats. Love Ernestine XXX

  • Mary Nagy Rookie - 1st Stage (12/13/2005 9:47:00 AM) Post reply

    Wayne,
    There have been many poems posted about the current war situation but none have moved me as much as this! What an incredible poem! I hope you've posted it. (If you did I missed it...sorry.) Thanks for posting it here. Wow, I really am impressed with the depth and emotional thought that went into this poem Wayne. Great job. Sincerely, Mary

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