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Waking Up to War is a Terrible Thing

Updated on December 13, 2016
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Tessa Schlesinger has been a writer since birth. She was published early, is opinionated, and, in her 7th decade, still continues to write.

Is the price of peace WAR?

Have you ever thought what it would be like to wake up and there was a war?

In the morning, you turn on the TV and you hear that New York or San Diego or Paris or London has been eradicated by a nuclear bomb. Your family, your friends, your children, your parents are no more.

You have to ask yourself if the price of freedom for Syrians was worth killing millions of people in the first world, whether the destruction of the City of Angels, London, Berlin, New York was worth the price.

And when all the nuclear bombs have been dropped, there will be no more America, and there will be no more Europe, and there will be no more Israel, and there will be no more Russia. And there will be no more safe drinking water or safe air to breathe.

What price taking up arms against another?

Sometimes the battle is won, but the war is lost.

Operation Crossroads was a series of nuclear weapons tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1946.
Operation Crossroads was a series of nuclear weapons tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1946. | Source
TheRS Sarmat 28, a Russian missile has 16 missile warheads, enough to pulverize Texas
TheRS Sarmat 28, a Russian missile has 16 missile warheads, enough to pulverize Texas

Waking Up to War is Not a Pleasant Thing

Waking up to war
Is not a pleasant thing
Aeroplanes flying overhead
Ships bringing back the dead
Mothers weeping over sons
Fathers advocating guns
Arabs dying, soldiers frying,
Jews crying, Christians sighing,
Was this the way it’s meant to be
Or has it been a bit too much about me?

***

Waking up to war Is not a pleasant thing
Our atmosphere is hatred
The hemisphere is tainted
The sky has been painted
And we have finally fainted
Money is in short supply
Food has vanished and we sigh
Men and women say goodbye
And the children always ask us why.

***

Waking up to war Is not a pleasant thing
Our leaders have decided
And we are too divided
Focused on our acquisition best
Not for us to care about the rest
The world’s been starving
And we’ve been carving
A place for us to play.
Was that only yesterday?

***

Waking up to war Is not a pleasant thing
This our parents knew
So they set about to renew
A United Nations that would care
And a world that would share
But yuppie puppy thought his pleasure
Was a greater treasure
Now we’ve woken up to war
Oh, why didn’t we share a little more

Yesterday, Putin also reportedly launched an RS-18 ballistic missile, understood to be a test to see if it could defeat US defence systems.  And today, 130 military centres were put on high alert in Russia and six surrounding countries for drills on
Yesterday, Putin also reportedly launched an RS-18 ballistic missile, understood to be a test to see if it could defeat US defence systems. And today, 130 military centres were put on high alert in Russia and six surrounding countries for drills on | Source

Would you rather have your life or the freedom of the Syrian people?

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Understanding the references in the poem

Some of the lines in the poem refer to the reason the League of Nations was formed after WWI. It was thought that if the nations worked together, they would be able to prevent another war. Needless to say, WWII arrived anyway. However, in order to prevent Germany from feeling revengeful after the punitive languages of the first world war, the United Nations decided not to demand punitive damages for the second word war. It recognized that people who are struggling financially are more likely to find reason to go to war.

And now, because America felt that Russia had no right to assist Syria in vanquishing ISIS, she took up arms against her in Syria. Not a wise move.

It's a pity that Christians aren't too concerned about Armageddon. They see it as the return of Jesus Christ. Research has shown that religious people don't care what happens on earth as they are expecting their reward elsewhere.

This may well be the end of the world as we know it.

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      Ali Khan 5 months ago from Pakistan

      Good one!

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure Tess. Good to see I could be of help. I agree with you, in that I prefer rhyming poetry. I grew up with Dr Seuss, so maybe that is why. I also started a multi-author niche website for Poetry, Fiction and Creative Writing, "The Creative Exiles, but it isn't a paying site yet. We have published our first anthology of poetry however.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 12 months ago from South Africa

      My life has just changed. Thank you so much Jodah. I did not know that. I am primarily a fiction writer. I started writing poetry when I was 5 and through the years, when I'm feeling very intense, I still write it. But it doesn't pay Also, I'm very old school. I really like rhyme, metre, rhythm, etc. There are two schools of thought about this.

      The first is that poetry is only poetry when it rhymes and has rhythm. The second is that the meaning is lost when there is rhyme and rhythm. My perspective is that one is inclined to remember words that rhyme and the meaning eventually comes to you!

      You've just opened up a new lease on life and some real excitement for me. I'm thinking which of my short stories and poems I can publish here! :)

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, LetterPile is for poetry, creative writing, fiction, analysis of famous poems and poets, books etc.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 12 months ago from South Africa

      Wow! Jodah. There's a poetry site? I did not know that.

      I have some of my poetry published here.

      http://rhymingpoetry.blogspot.co.za/

      I removed that one because I thought that it would get more traffic on hub pages, and it was really a poem about war and its effects. I made it strong in rhythm and rhyme because people are inclined to remember rhythm and rhyme more...

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      RICK JOHNSON 12 months ago from Miami

      Nice! That was great poetry I could feel it while I was reading it.

      A little scary but it's TRUTH that's what makes it brilliant and the whole

      world needs to read this.

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      Marieta Maglas 13 months ago

      We need to live in a peaceful world- well penned poem.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, every stanza has a uniform amount of lines so that part is ok. Whether or not it gets selected for a niche site like LetterPile is hit and miss with poetry though. I have had three of my last five selected, but you never can tell.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 13 months ago from South Africa

      Thank you. Have I spaced it out in a way that is acceptable?

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good poem with an important message for the world. Well presented.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 13 months ago from South Africa

      I am an atheist. Any posts mentioning how God is going to save the planet (he doesn't exist so, um, no, he isn't) will be deleted.