"All is well, that ends well" up in Salzburg

Outside the Poste Hotel,

sunny-side up after WWII
I sit with two old American soldiers
and look into their eyes
where past and present visions
merge without disguise.

They remember the Death of Eagle's Nest...they re-member Hitler...

and tell me a joke while an Austrian waiter brings beer to our table.

"Everything has changed," one says with a sigh.

I say the Alps remain the same
the trees and Mozart
remain unchanged

together now
three war veterans walk
down a mindless cobblestone yellow-brick road

we learn we are all from the same State...
"I'm from the State of Insanity," Axel says with a Smile.
His friend "Fisheye" says "Michigan"...

Exploring Indian Lake, Michigan
Exploring Indian Lake, Michigan

And as we walk and talk in Peace

the cold war and reel war continues elsewhere
from place to place, from sea to shining sea
in Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iran etc. etc. etc...
the locations and names change (to protect the innocent)
but the war...the virtual non-reality CD game of war
remains all ways the same


I think of my children and hug them close

and tears stream down my foreign face
I pray that they will survive this war
and Understand that ABOVE ALL is to Love All.

the unending story of war

Written on October 6, 1997. Pictures added May 14, 2013.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

Heartfelt and strongly emotional. Your work is pouring from your soul and clearly saddening to our ears as a tragic side of all history, that seems to escape non, and will forever be a part of societies. We may all greet you with open arms and hearts and say.."yes, we know, and somehow we have got to change." Please accept our thanks and pray that those lost will be honored as they should be. With all our spirits as one. we shall pray that our God will bless us all.whonu

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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado Author

Thank you whonunwho...I wrote this poem quite a few years ago...I was on assignment for Oktoberfest but ended up hopping on a train to Salzburg by myself to see my Austrian Granny's home. I don't know what happened to my pictures of Salzburg...the men were real and the beer was real and the pictures of Iraq are sadly real...the other ones I haveof Iraq are much more painful and probably too bloody and graphic for Hubpages...but isn't that what we need? To see the real version of war and not the clean version on CNN and FOX news? I know war will never end because it is profitable but we need to tell these kids the truth...most wars are fought for profit and nothing more.

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bearnmom 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This piece leaves me somewhat sad knowing that it isn't just the soldier who feels the pain of the wars that have been fought and are continuing to be fought. In my personal loss of a serving loved one this past year, it did not conjure up the depression you would think but an understanding of what he faced. Thank you for your insight.

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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado Author

My hope was for more understanding...thank you for reading it and also for your comment. The other pictures that I viewed last night on my Iraq CD (given to me by my like a son Joe), were almost too horrific to view yet again...he showed me the pictures the night that I returned from Thailand (the same week that he returned from Iraq) and they broke my heart. I never wanted to see them again but forced myself to look at them last night...I don't know if he took the pictures or if someone else took them, but the images were a descent into hell and will forever be etched on my soul...I could not imagine seeing the death and horror with my own eyes.

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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is another beautiful contemplation on never ending war and its aftermath. There is not protection for the innocent it seems. They suffer the most.

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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado Author

The children suffer the most...all War causes mass suffering...but Peace on Earth is a distant dream, especially when even those who claim to Love each other continue to fight...little chance for Peace if we hate those we say we love...

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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

So true Prisana!

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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado Author

Thank you X!

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Prisana 3 years ago from Thailand and Colorado Author

Thank you X-Man

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