She Is A Dangerous Lover

It is man's incessant pride

which tempts the tides of war.

Some forever, insisting pretension

that might will even up the score.



War the sleeping fiend awakes

to the kiss of his mistress pride.

with the rise of a screaming dawn

makes love to his twisted bride.



There in shadow of lust she bears

seeds of death within her womb,

to spread across a field of men

who reserve from her a tomb



She whispers to the ranks of men

promises of glory

She calls them with seduction

lays with those who write her story




She beckons to them sweetly

they are honored in her bed

but, the rise of a screaming dawn

counts her lovers from the dead.

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b. Malin 5 years ago

Wow, that was powerful, a Tribute to War, and the Lovers who lost...for the cause.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks b. I actually had this published in an anthology about 5 years ago. 1 of 350,000 submitted and 180 selected. Just found it yesterday. Glad you read it. Haven't had a single comment. Funny what I think is worthy and what the reader finds worthy!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

You must be a kindred spirit, not only of mine but with my late husband - fly fishing, golf, napping, writing - and who knows what else! I liked the underlying messages of this poem - the lure of war and its sad consequences, told so well. How fortunate that you found it to share with us!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Compliment from one I esteem so highly. I must go and wallow in the mud of false humility.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

powerful words, vivid imagery this is a masterful poem that I am just awestruck by. voting this fantastic piece up and up

(cant believe you haven't had more comments on this, its simply amazing)


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Nighthag! thanks so much for your words. It was published and I have delighted in that. Thanks again, as always.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

It is one of your serious ones, for sure. It is difficult to express the gut-wrenching feelings which war evokes, but you have done it with grace and eloquence. Quite masterful.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

It is one of your serious ones, for sure. It is difficult to express the gut-wrenching feelings which war evokes, but you have done it with grace and eloquence. Quite masterful.

By the way - I have a relative by marriage who is a professor emeritus at OSU in Corvalis. Is that anywhere near where you are?


arb 5 years ago

Good Morning Nellieanna! Thank you for reading and for the reply. War, a necessary evil I suppose, but, nothing pride should ever have anything to do with. Corvalis and Bend are seperated by the cascade range, about a 3 hour drive.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

wow I'm not only surprised at the similarities in style to some of my recent ones, but I really like it, and find it refreshing. Glad you followed me so I could read this, and more

thanks


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Good morning to you, arb! War is evil, but is it "necessary"?

Ah - OK, and thank you. I had to ask. I've not been to the PNW, though my parents began their marriage there in 1917. They lived in Seattle, where my eldest sister was born. They sold home medical books to rural people all over the PNW and into Canada. Such a contrast to the desert southwest where they settled and where I (their youngest) was born. My second eldest sister taught school in Portland during WWII. And these relatives by marriage, not only the one in Corvalis, have lived in and around the Seattle area ever since I've known them. Gives it a magnetic attraction!


arb 5 years ago

Welcome Ben! I found you because Nellianna told me too and I regard her suggestion as worthy of discovery. I am glad I did! I am glad you enjoyed my effort. Thank you for your reply!


arb 5 years ago

You give cause to think, so early in my day, Nellianna!

Necessary was a poor choice of words. It is despicable, and inescapable. FYI, I lived in Port Isabel in the summers, attending school in Denton, during terms for two years before moving on and finishing school. Always had a fondness for Texans. Found the women ferociously, independent, hence the lone star, I suspect. The PNW has significant beauty, although winter is proving, there is more to life than beauty. I am a transplant from sunny Ca. and it keeps my heart. I suspect it will soon lay claim to me!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

This sounded political to me? ....oh I just read comments and see that she is war. Nice.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks for the read Randy! Perhaps they are both the same?


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

This poem "wow-ed" me! Every single word! This is am amazingly graceful piece about a most ungraceful subject...WOW!!!


arb 5 years ago

tnderhrt! I am wow-ed that you have spent some time with me today. Thank you so much! I am humbled by your comments. Thank you!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Powerful poem,i read it a couple of time.sounds great.


arb 5 years ago

crystolite, thank you for reading and for the comments. Be well.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Beautiful, touching, and powerful. You are gifted writer. So glad you share your talents on hubpages.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

toknowinfo, your words humble both my pen and my thought. Thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very much enjoyed this poem and I am now off to read more.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

I am really pleased that you enjoyed this. It is a favorite. Be well susan! Stop and have some coffee, it's early.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks arb 1 sugar and milk please :)


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Thats how buggsy and I take it, but he prefers a saucer!

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