War is like the lover

-War is Like the Lover- revised

YSubject: Re: Poem-War is Like the Lover- revised

;Please give credit to prior publicationPhiladelphia Poets issue of April2003

The first line came to me while I wasputting up flyers for a
Delco Poets against the War Reading on a snowy Swarthmore College campus.I sat in the snow to pen the first few lines.Nowadays I would go to the coffee bar.Also, the line breaks and line seperationsare intentional.Resistance needs to be both celebrated andremembered, whether it is us or theWhite Rose, Tom Mullian or Woody Guthrie,Phil Ochs or Laurie Pollack, RW or anyof the Winter Soldiers.Bob Small

War is like the Lover

War is like the lover you
keep keep
coming coming
back back

to to
War is like the lover you keep
coming back to
believing his lies
believing he will not abuse you
this time
Like he has evdry time
in the past 2,000 years.
War is the abusive obsessive lover
you run away from
who seeks you through the trees
who follows you
in the streets and haciendas
in the bars and the huts
in the alleys and the subways-
War seeks your scent
tells you you must go with him
That you can never form the words

2)  War is the booted lover
who seduced you with his films
and impressed you with his
with his songs and guns
with his words and knives
with his tanks, bombs-
and one day
you realize that he is Juan Peron
but that is not so bad
for he calls you Evita
has it’s rewards.

3)   War is the screeching harridan
who screams so loud
that you do what she says
losing knowledge of yourself
It was way past love yesterday
now it is only obedience
war is the women who
will now give themselves to you
war is the old men in bars
who will willingly buy you drinks
war is the children at the fourth of July parade
looking up at you
and all the old men and women
who still say thank you
thank you
thank you
war tells you this
you believe
because you are a man
and as a man

you want to believe
and as a man you have to believe

you have to believe

4) War lies to you because it can

because war knows you will forget your anger

after a night of pleasure

war buys you flowers war brings you a steak and all is forgiven

war knows you are easy

war tells you that some day you will be the killer

and you will understandwhy it must be done

why war is needed

war sighs as though in regret

failing to tell you that someday

you will be the killed and you must then under stand

why it must be done

5) War will never change

war will never learn

we must change

we must learn

we must tell war no!

we must tell fight no!

when your hands yearn to rise you  must tell them no

write          paint                    sing

when your feet seek to kick

you must have them                      walk               run swim

when you feel your violence rise

you must gain victory over it

like any other ad dic tion

you fi nallysay no to

War will cry then

promise and tears promise and tears

Do not listen

Let War die

Let War die

Let War Die


Bob Small from March 2003revised 3-9-08 revised 1-27-23

About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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