The Last Step Into War - A Poem

The Last Step Into War

A man walks steadily and proudly as an adult.

The same man was once an infant struggling to gain his balance.

He was taking baby steps; stumbles and falls were normal then.

The world still stumbles and falls.

It hasn't yet learned to walk steadily and proudly.

"Pride goeth before the fall."

We know the phrase, but we haven't respected its truth.

Some walking isn't walking at all.

There are strutting, goosestepping, and other proud marching styles.

But they are regimented, ceremonial, even boastful "walking."

So often they have led us over the edge, the last step into war.

Stumbled and fallen for millennia, mankind is still a child learning to walk steadily.

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© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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8 comments

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Gypsy Rose Lee 20 months ago from Riga, Latvia

It is that step into war that I so despise. I am so tired to keep hearing about wars. This is a most creative and thought provoking poem.


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Perspycacious 20 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose - How strange it is that anyone living in the 21st Century is NOT tired of hearing about wars!!

We can do better. We must do better. We have stumbled long enough.


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aviannovice 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Well said. Mankind is still a child in MANY ways.


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Perspycacious 20 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Thanks. We might say that some men are "for the birds."


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Darknlovely3436 18 months ago from NewYork

nice poem..


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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Darknlovely3436 - Thanks. I liked you concept on your most recent poem here, too.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

We better start watching our steps and stop that stumbling...war is definitely not "cool".


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Jodah - Yet we must admit that there are times when the choice is stand and fight, or kneel and submit to something even worse.

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