Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cross of Iron, by Muttering Madzub

“This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed”.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Cross of Iron

Humanity suspended in perpetual war
as the cross of iron stands
blood and treasure spilt for profit
our children’s blood on our hands

Scarified hearts and twisted minds
hurl obscenities of hate
the world dies hungry all around us
we are the enemy in the gate

Hanging on the cross of iron
humanity agonizes in pain
wounded souls littered lives
from pogroms of the insane

Tortured on the cross of iron
our souls hang naked in the balance
human lives just cheap commodities
the war drums beat their cold cadence

The cross of iron is the gun sight used
to find targets of opportunity says the adage
humanity that hangs bleeding thereupon
is nothing more than collateral damage

Weapons are aimed and warships launched
the cross of iron fulfills its purpose
red rockets’ glare, the bombs burst midair
humans lost in war, without moral compass

The cross of iron erected for all to see
humanity fixed in its own crosshairs
engines of war conjured from darkened visions
hollowed eyes, yielding hollow stares

The hidden message from the cross of iron whispers
if we listen we will hear
that human darkness can be healed
loving-kindness conquers hate and fear

1 comment:

  1. An especially (appropriate) scathing rant. You don't tread lightly, that's good. Glad you're giving voice to this important issue, this cancerous aberration of our technological achievements. What have we come to? A world in which life itself is a cheap commodity bought, sold and traded by corporate interests, AKA greed. As I cannot change that world but rather my perception of it, I'm with you. Loving kindness is a needed type of activism any one of us can engage in. Loving kindness to you and to all....


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