Poem 17d: Only the dead have seen the end of war

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(January 2016 was my month for writing Pantoums. This is the fourth and last one for the month).

Only the dead have seen the end of war:
Plato said this back in Grecian days.
Not all the brave know what they’re fighting for;
If they knew they’d weigh the cause to stay.

Plato said this back in Grecian days:
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
If they knew they’d weigh the cause to stay;
A soldier’s in the Front because he’s there.

Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Plan B says turn around and run.
A soldier’s in the Front because he’s there;
Turn round and run and get shrapnel in your bum.

Plan B says turn around and run.
The world will brand you as a cream puff.
Turn round and run and get shrapnel in your bum;
Be pooh-poohed by those who never give a stuff.

The world will brand you as a cream puff.
Not all the brave know what they’re fighting for;
Be pooh-poohed by those who never give a stuff.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.

25 thoughts on “Poem 17d: Only the dead have seen the end of war

  1. thecontentedcrafter

    I quite like your pantoums – I am impressed with how they work out. I tried one myself just to see what I could do when you first put one up and remember feeling almost impressed with it too – but now I can’t find it any more………..

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  2. Cynthia Jobin

    I think your experiment with the pantoum has been successful, don’t you?You’ve approached it in several different ways, and certainly with different subjects. I don’t take easily to it, but I imagine that occasionally there might be just the perfect idea to accommodate itself to this form….Tonight’s a full moon…maybe I’ll try a pantoum to the goddess of Mount Cynthus. Anyway, congratulations on all four of yours!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thank you Cynthia. Every form – I’ve just discovered this – is a learning experience as to what the form itself is! I wouldn’t be too keen – whoooooooo whooooo whooooooa – to worry about the full moon. You have many wondrous things up your sleeve. “Waste” time (Birthday Girl) only on what is fruitful – pantoum or not. And thanks again for your lovely comment about my 4 pantoums. I learned a lot doing them!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thank you, Derrick. I was only telling Aristotle a similar thing just the other day: “You listen to Plato,” I said to Aristotle, “because sometimes he’s right – but not always, like when it comes to the quiddities of material things…”

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