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Below is the poem entitled Fleece which was written by poet Larry Smith. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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As the salvo to parry any blow
succumbs to a deserted battlefield;
what does a warrior do who doesn't know
the war is over and it's time to yield?
     The gusto of engagement stirs the thrill
     for one final conquest; one final kill!
     That last valiant stand is more grave to keep
     than slowly wane supine among the sheep.

I canvassed the landscape for upheaval
that needed my sacred call to duty,
but witnessed a warm, sanguine primeval
extolling the virtues of grace and beauty!
     The boredom from this unruffled assault;
     the pallor of repose leaves who at fault?
     If victory (or loss) conclude the fight,
     why end the battle that makes war so trite?

I cry, “Is there a battle needing fought”?
	The notion is pensive:
     the struggle likely for naught.
A worthy offensive
   will all the same
   bring me no shame!
My Casus Belli is against this peace:
war IS the answer; and ultimate fleece!

Casus Belli
: an event or action that justifies or allegedly justifies a war or conflict

Copyright © Larry Smith

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  1. Date: 6/27/2009 9:17:00 PM
    Yes, another good war poem ... let me congratulate you on this excellent write. One love