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The Last Step Into War - A Poem

Updated on June 25, 2015

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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 23 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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      Demas W Jasper 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      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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      Deb Hirt 23 months ago from Stillwater, OK

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

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      Demas W Jasper 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

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

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      Annie 21 months ago from NewYork

      nice poem..

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      Demas W Jasper 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

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

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      John Hansen 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      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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