The Greatest War


Is won by
The dropping of
The sword
The melting of
Metal into
Tools of
Greater
Use

The Greatest war

Is won by
The emptying of
The chamber as
Bullets fall
Silent without
Striations
One round at
A time
Weakening
The power to
Injury
Maim and
Kill

The Greatest War

Is won by
Stripping
The compounds of
Chemicals to
Eliminate
The mixture of
Death and
Destruction as
We behold
The barrels of
Past tragedy
Laid to
Rest in
Sealed off
Graves where
Its breath
Touch and
Smell can
Harm
No more

The Greatest War

Is won when
We do not
Fight for
National
Pride
Against
The adversaries of
Profit and
Prophet where
The blade of
Honor ceases to
Fall onto
Shoulders and
Through
The necks of
Endless life in
False
Justification of
Ritual lies

The Greatest War

Is won when
We no longer
Rage with
Guns
Against
Skin and
Color—
Against the
Mighty God of
Our deepest fears

The Greatest War

Is won when
We no longer
Dream in
Doom—
When clouds
Do not
Burn
Through
The sky
Leaving
The stillness of
Sorrow
Drifting
In and
Out as
The color
Red

The Greatest War

Is the war
Where
Peace is
Our victory
Where
Justice is
Our King
Where
Picking up
A sword to
Avenge
A wrong is
The greatest of
All wrongs

The Greatest War

Is the longest war
We continue
Fight

And fighting is why
We are still at war…

War exists within
Our memory
Within the
Conscious
Recollection of
Violence done
And being
Done so
We fight
Against

Against
Each other

Against our
Being

Against the
Evil we
Presume in
The darkness of
Our mind

We fight in
Fear

We fight in
Anger

We fight in
Love

To fight is
An illusion that
We are
Without
Choice

Fighting is
Our last resort

And it’s always
A show of
Force

It’s a display of
Strength of
Bravery of
Power in
A world beyond
Our control

And when
We fight—
We are
Out of
Our own
Control

But, the Greatest War

The Greatest War
Is won when
We make
A single
Choice

Peace is a choice.

A choice to
Walk
The path of
Refrainment of
Making
The decision to
Leave
The violence of
Our history to
The Storytellers to
Help us
Understand and
Remind us
Always of
Why we are
Better off
Without
The Sword
Without
The gun
Without
The bomb of
Death

It’s a choice to
Look in
The mirror and
See…

Within us all, the war rages on

The Greatest War

The greatest war
Is won or
Lost by
The choice of
A single person on
Any given day

Every one of
Us has to
Make that
Choice to
Live in
Peace or
Continue to
Fight against.

It’s a battle of
One choice
Affecting
Billions

The Greatest War

Is won when
Our only
Choice is
Peace.

CL April 22nd, 2015