No More

“No more”

the old man cries,

spares the young men to die

forcing wrinkled face to greet life–

a lie.

* My latest contribution to the wonderful One Shot Poetry Wednesdays! If you get the chance, be sure to check out all the other talented One Stop poets posting there – and what about yourself? If you haven’t signed up yet, and you’re among the creative…what are you waiting for?

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25 thoughts on “No More

  1. In so few words you summarize the conflict between the “old men” who make decisions and the “young men” who bear the brunt of those decisions – and resolve it. Well done, Chris.

  2. Glynn makes a great point, but I can’t help thinking about what you just went through on the family front when reading this. I think it also has a “Rage Against the Dying of the Light” aspect to it as well. Excellent piece, Chris.

  3. very clearly yet simply expressed, but the profound message is as deep and cutting as words can bring our hearts to…i have so often felt your words, too and realized how easy it is for an old man in a powerful position to place the orders using young men to fulfill them…i always wonder if they’d send their own sons off to war…meaningful writing…

  4. We always mature in our inner sight when we face tragedy. I can hear the wiser man Chris

    Best to you and your family

  5. What amazes me the most about this is not solely the great volume of these few words, but that the depth is truly four-dimensional. If one is not careful, they could easily fall into this and wander around in it for quite a long time.

  6. Oh, to be young and know all an old man does, that’d be a ticket — or in my case — to have known as a girl what I do now. Not that I’m OLD old, just older, and way way way wiser, but only in one or two things. 🙂

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