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War: Poem describes attitude change

A Man I Know

A man I know went far afield,

And then came back to say,

“It’s not my war, it’s not my game,

And I don’t want to play.”

I said to him, “This war belongs

To everyone on earth.

To fathers, daughters, mothers, sons,

And those not yet to birth.”

He said, “I didn’t do a thing

To cause this war to start.

The politicians caused this war,

And from their ways I part.”

I stated that, “A war like this

Comes right inside our home.

It doesn’t care who started it

Or just how far we roam,

To get away from its effects,

Or hide from Terror’s flames,

A war like this is hideous,

It’s not for fun and games.”

“This war is fought for all good men,

That they may all be free.

It means that sacrifice be made,

By men like you and me.”

He said, “You know, you might be right,

This evil I abhor.”

And with these words, the man I know,

Went off to fight the War.

Rick Scott

Oak Harbor

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