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What Is War

What is war if not a culling of humanity;
a methodology guaranteed to impact growth 
preventing starvation in an overpopulated world.
What is war if not an investment in economics; 


a depreciable asset in accumulated loses.
What is war if not the nightmares of mothers 
who grieve for sons or daughters who suffer no

What is war if not the fuel that ignites passion
not extinguished by previous war, rekindled again.

What is war if not a culling of humanity; 
when extinction becomes evident.
What is war if not the end of humanity.

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  1. Date: 6/6/2010 7:37:00 PM
    Exquisite write Mac and I so appreciate your words on my featured poem this week.. u may enjoy reading A Soldier Serenades and the new one for Dr. Ram's contest entitled ... "War's Wanton Whispers"... with my son being away ..and he called early yesterday to see how my surgery on my one eye was and now the other Tuesday this week and he is worried about Mom and I told him I was writing poetry about soldiers... and he laughed and said bless u Mom.. send them to me.. can I send him this one?

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 6:48:00 PM
    Culling of humanity - investment in economics and the end? of humanity. Wonderful thoughts on war. This goes to my favorite poem, Mac

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 5:39:00 PM
    very strong

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 4:37:00 PM
    Interesting thoughts that you have penned for me to mull over with much consideration...Keep the creative pen flowing..Sara

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 3:46:00 PM
    Food for thought. Mac. Awesome write. Kudos.... Ralph