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Conflict

I did not know hate
till I was told to kill him,
it is so normal
I universal soldier
guilty as the enemy.

© Harry J Horsman 2013    

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  1. Date: 11/18/2013 8:33:00 PM
    Profound lesson in these few words.

  1. Date: 9/21/2013 10:46:00 AM
    This is a very good poem, about conflict. One of my brothers was in Special Forces for 20 years, He never talks about what he had to do. Thanks for sharing.... Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 8:53:00 PM
    Oooooh, your last line has so much power and brings such a poignant sensitivity to this beautifully written Tanka Harry. Bravo!

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 7:22:00 PM
    Dear poet; oh how could this soul extract an answer for taking life. I just can't; yet there are soldiers who, I believe were born to be filled with the drive to retrieve belief of justification for such actions....my 33 year old son has this strong belief, I shun him not dear poet, yet grieve such actions....hate me not dear sir ! Much love, james

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 5:54:00 PM
    wow...powerful image here...great poem :)

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 6:59:00 AM
    When you look at all the predudices especially in the 50 and 60s I believe it was as a result of the second world war. In order to kill people they were demonized and dehumanized so we could emotionly justify our actions. This is a good poem Harry.

  1. Date: 9/17/2013 3:59:00 AM
    Superb, Harry... I love it! Terry

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 6:49:00 PM
    Very profound your etching in short form here. Its brevity and simple language works well. Cindy (not sure if you mean the word "I" , or whether its a typo for "A"... I do that sometimes and didn't know if you meant it to be that way or not..)

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 6:32:00 PM
    Hello, Harry, it's great seeing you around this week!

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 2:37:00 PM
    Harry you portray well war and its evils very good write Shadow x smile

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 2:26:00 PM
    Hi Harry my friend nice to be reading your work again, this is a very poignant poem at the moment with all of the troubles in Syria and the rest. I like the strong message....David

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 12:12:00 PM
    It's the best answer of conflict, I think. A deep philosophical view is hidden here nicely. Lovely done, my sweet friend. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 10:09:00 AM
    oh, but Harry, whom did you hate? Such a sad poem. Soupmail :) hugs, catie

  1. Date: 9/16/2013 8:44:00 AM
    Nice confession but on the positive side, harry

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    Date: 9/16/2013 8:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I see where you are coming from Andrea, and yes we need to fight the good fight, but today our young men are sent into battle, to maintain one's power and wealth, and the subtlety of how they the powers to be get their message across i do have a problem with....
  1. Date: 9/16/2013 8:11:00 AM
    when it's done as "duty" you are guiltless, even, I believe, in the eyes of the Lord, since you are killing for country. but if one takes pleasure in it, there lies the guilt!!!

    horsman Avatar harry horsman
    Date: 9/16/2013 8:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I see where you are coming from Andrea, and yes we need to fight the good fight, but today our young men are sent into battle, to maintain one's power and wealth, and the subtlety of how they the powers to be get their message across i do have a problem with....
  1. Date: 9/16/2013 5:55:00 AM
    - Quite a responsibility, ordered to kill ... well written, Harry. - Have a nice week, in love and peace! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)