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October 1, 2009

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Sonnet: The Unwanted Sword

‘Tis thus a wicked century begins—

With slaughtered innocents—like all the rest,

And God is mocked by pious, bloody sins

The blasphemy of thinking murder blest.

Our people cry for peace—they bring us war.

We long for love—they bring us death and hate.

So we appeal, as we have done before,

To let the Lord of Battles choose our fate.

The way ahead is hard and long and bleak,

The sword is thrust, unwanted, in our hand.

But for our murdered children we must seek

To extirpate this terror from our land.

A grim and angry nation counts the toll,

And bids our waiting legions now, “Let’s Roll.”


Robert A. Hall

Former SSgt, USMC

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2 Comments
  1. In the know permalink
    October 1, 2009 1:06 pm

    Hoo Rah! The just only fight when they are forced too.

  2. October 2, 2009 7:49 pm

    It’s good to see a good old-fashioned sonnet again. It’s a powerful form–fits the topic well.

    Robert’s sonnet makes me think of the Islamic evil that Western Civilization faces. There is, in Ayn Rand’s words, a “hatred of the good for being good” in this evil. We should be fighting it with all our power, and we are not doing so. Our politicians of both parties want to “win the hearts and minds of the people,” instead of using our power to WIN the war. We need political and miltary leaders who will quit wimping around and say, “Let’s roll!” jd

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