The Drums of War

drums of war

Once a whisper, now a pounding

Again, the drums of war are sounding

Troops are marching, charging, forging ahead

In their wake the dying and dead

The haunting sounds of tank treads clanking,

Horrifying sights of troop columns flanking

Warplanes screeching in the skies

Steadfast without a compromise

Sending rockets, missiles, bombs, and guns

While mothers cry, praying for their sons

The youth will suffer, their lives mean nothing

Falling and screaming beneath the crushing

Cannon fodder for a tyrant’s invasion

One unprovoked and unabashedly brazen

The drums of war are beating louder

Fueled by death and the smoke of powder

Watching the civilians fleeing, people bleeding

While across the world humanitarians pleading

Their calls for peace or an open door

Drowned out by the drums of war

Petty sanctions by corrupt world leaders

While the disgusting media become cheerleaders

Negative news generates lots of cash

Spin and spin to gin up the clash

A single rocket becomes a dozen

The body count, a full-page discussion

Lots and lots of speculation

Intelligence failures and the real causation

A modern-day grab of the fertile lands

Soon to be under their command

We all know it’s a weakness of our administration

The pain will be felt at the filling station

Follow the money and you will find the blame

But don’t dare publish or say their names

Markets falling, oil prices rising

The drums of war destabilizing

We’re on the brink of a global crisis

A hundred time worse than the threats of ISIS

Hardened troops with a harder commander

Suddenly acting like Alexander

The days and weeks ahead will tell

A resolution or several years of hell

Watch this hand while the other is sleight

Other tyrants putting planes in flight

With no one there to snuff this spark

The future of the world look dark


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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

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