THE VERY LAST SLOW POETRY ZONE SEND-OUT (SORRY IF YOU’VE GOT THIS TWICE IF YOU’VE ALREADY SIGNED) AND A POEM FOR SYRIA

I’ve been hearing that some people can’t sign up to receive poems on my website because the pop-up won’t open. Go to http://www.wordrenewal.org and a little sign saying FOLLOW should be there in the bottom right hand corner. If you do not see this and you would like to receive the odd poem, send me an email and I’ll put you on. It will not be a lot – irregular intervals as always.

And two days after the send-out – another – because I want to do something against this madness of going to war with Syria. Please pass it on…

The Drummers of War
Syria 2013

Who are the ones
who are beating the drums
of war?

Not they whose sons
will soon die alone,
not the widows who mourn
or the children who scream,
not the nurse who carries
the amputated limb,
or the lovers parted
with their amputated dreams.

These are never the ones
who beat on the drums
of war.

But the wolves in suits,
the sellers of arms,
the peddlers of lies
for whoever will pay,
those who strut the world-stage,
those who slink in the shadows,
who smile and smile
though their souls stink to hell…

They are the ones
who beat on the drums
of war!

Michael Hedley Burton
August 2013

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