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Decisions formed from words devoid of vision,

Blind letters without even dots to the eyes!
What will make the difference?

To the virtue less rhyme of our soulless times,

In this virtual pantomime!

There is so much “out there not to find”

In this almost (middle-ages) portrait of a work unsigned.

No trace on bodies that lie beneath a war-clouded sky

Yet on and on their wind-driven voices cry.

Freedom, Equality, "Truth" beneath a foreign sky!

Almost as foreign as the voiced values; that valued them..?

As unquestioning sacrifices.) yet that is the way... 

Once the die of war is cast, that is the way it lies

And lies. 

© Joe Maverick 27-12-2010

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  1. Date: 5/25/2012 6:47:00 AM
    This is sad, JOe, "no trace on bodies that lie beneath a war-clouded sky". And to top it all off and lies continue.:( It makes one wonder what they'd been truly fighting for, in the first place. Best wishes, Love, Mikki

  1. Date: 1/15/2012 9:55:00 AM
    I'm 30 years military and have always believed that war could be necessary in defense of one's country, but not as an excuse for oil hunting. Lies seem to be a way of life for government officials and the media. Sacrifice? Yes. Unnecessary sacrifice? Never!! We should not be killing our kids on government whims.

  1. Date: 12/26/2011 12:16:00 PM
    I'm reading two meanings at the end of this fine piece Joe. If it was meant to be, very clever indeed. Have a good evening :)

  1. Date: 12/5/2011 9:32:00 PM
    Re-reading this golden oldie. Just love those last lines "the way it lies. And lies."

  1. Date: 11/14/2011 8:01:00 PM
    In the first line I thought you were going to talk about government but getting into it there was more to it than the senseless rhetoric of that "august"? assembly. I realize the sadness and perhaps the futility in those last lines.

  1. Date: 5/28/2011 1:33:00 PM
    So true, Joe, "Once the die of war is cast", there seems to be no turning back. It can change, but only in a metamorphical sense, still making it tragic. Best wishes, Mikki

  1. Date: 1/3/2011 10:49:00 PM
    Excellent and sadly true words in those last two lines, joe. Thanks for your comment today. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/31/2010 6:13:00 PM
    Joe, Hope you are enjoying the new year. May you be blessed with a wonderful & joyful New Year! Take care*Luv~SKAT

  1. Date: 12/31/2010 9:16:00 AM
    U need to play around with all the blog features Joe to get it correct luv.. if u need any help just ask the "Sweetheart" .. H.N.Y..

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 9:55:00 PM
    Joe, the futility of war speaks clearly in this awesome poem. Today our government seems committed to making decisions devoid of reason...and the bodies of brave soldiers are a reminder of the outcome. But PLEASE don't stop at 52! We want more. Humor us, okay? I hate goodbyes. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 5:10:00 PM
    Deep Joe, enjoyed,,, your out spoken ways of words,..p.d.

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 10:56:00 AM
    Hi Joe, I am sorry that you have decided not to continue to post your most inspiration work here any longer. Though I have not commented much on your work you words bring me comfort. I read this passage and thought of you... Lay

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 10:56:00 AM
    Psalm 1 v 1-3 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. ”

  1. Date: 12/28/2010 9:46:00 PM
    Joe, a captivating and intense write.. The question remains why it has to be that way? Love this piece of you a lot.. Thank you for your comment on mine.. Hope 2011 will be an inspiring and blessed one for you ;)

  1. Date: 12/28/2010 5:59:00 PM
    And lies have short legs too Joe.. last two lines are quite intense and powerful complimenting the entire piece.. enjoyed my friend.. appreciate the warm comments u left on my work and a very Happy New Year to u..

  1. Date: 12/28/2010 4:55:00 PM
    The last two lines really got my attention..I am trully sorry that you are not going to post your work for awhile..I am not sure why..I hope that you will reconsider...Your presence at my work lifted my spirits..Just a few words told me that you read and got something from what I had written ...Happy New Year which I hope will be blessed and prosperous..Sara

  1. Date: 12/28/2010 12:58:00 PM
    very well written work...thanks for your well wishes and Hope you have a Fiesta of a new year and all year long you have more inspiration to share with us!!

  1. Date: 12/28/2010 7:29:00 AM
    the rumbles of violence so vividly expressed here, joe... gutsy feel to it... great job! :) nette

  1. Date: 12/28/2010 6:52:00 AM
    Dear Poetry Soup Family, I originally was going to post 30 poems as some of you are aware. Anyway I got such good feedback that I felt it only fair to publish 52 - giving you one for each week of the year. I shall not be posting in the forseeable future however, I shall look in on you from time to time, so be on your best behaviour! Ha ha.Yours truly Joe