Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted September 12, 2016

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A Grand Parade

by michaelcahill

A Grand Parade 
                  by michael cahill

A grand parade, a noble tribute's made; 
the stripes of rank are boastfully displayed. 
A general flicks his ash upon the crowd, 
his saber gleams unscratched, and he stands proud. 
He leads his troops down Main Street unafraid. 

A soldier bows to pomp indeed outweighed 
for circumstance beyond's the way war's made. 
The screams of death in battle--not allowed. 
A grand parade! 

The powers waging war have wagers played 
with pawns galore, the battlefields inlaid. 
There's body bags the horror to enshroud--- 
acceptable, the casualties allowed. 
Enjoy the spoils: this splendid promenade-- 
a grand parade! 


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