Call of Duty

Christina Pacosz

    It's a hundred year or more war
    this war to end all wars
    a just war
    a war of attrition
    funded by a war chest
    a war tax
    A war monger
    feeds the flames where
    the soldiers of this war
    warm themselves
    on some distant front
    This war is justified
    a war for the hearts
    and minds a war mentality
    The most dangerous planes of this war
    are unmanned and someone in Nevada or North Dakota
    chewing a cold McDonald's cheeseburger
    is setting the parameters of the bomb location
    and sending drones to drop their pay load
    when what everyone needs is a payday
    meaningful work not for the war machine
    the war effort to buy war bonds
    or march to war
    The cadence of drums
    at the military funerals where the war widows
    and now with modernity
    and the semblance of equality
    widowers are handed the folded
    flag in this time of war The war wounded
    and war suicides whose families will not receive a letter of condolence from the White House
    soldiers civilians
    beggar man thief
    The war council
    the war secretary
    the secret war
    a warring heart


Christina Pacosz - Christina Pacosz has been writing and publishing prose and poetry for nearly half a century and has several books of poetry. Born and raised in Detroit, she has lived on both U.S. coasts, New York City, Alaska and southern Appalachia. For the past ten years she has been teaching urban Kansas City youth both sides of the state line; she and her husband of twenty years call Kansas City home. Christina Pacosz  in this issue... Tags: Thanal Online, web magazine dedicated for poetry and literature Christina Pacosz, Call of Duty
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