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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