Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)

The Master Teaches

David R. Evans 1948 (Washington)

They say you know war
Sun Tzu.

Sparta and Athens.
The Greeks
smashing their way home.

Honor sacrificial warrior's blood
at Thermopylae.
Blood also nourished
Catherine's Persia lust.

The crush at Waterloo

Punitive Ashes of Savanna,

Splintered forests of Argonne, Verdun,
The Somme
And Devil Dog blood
mixed in Belleau Wood.

Ice both sides
of Leningrad walls
and bloated Marine's
red tropic lagoons.
Crematoriums Dresden

Frozen Chosin; bodies
stacked like cordwood

Cratered Hanoi
Broken helicopters
litter jungle hills

The slaughter of hungry campesinos,
and their children of the land.
Raped nuns
notched on gun stocks.

Dead Balkan states still mourn
as Balkanized Arab states still bleed
from the slave whip
of ZioJew masters of perpetual chaos,
and Fallujah; phosphor-burned to the bone.

On it goes
from dawn to dusk of man.
You taught too well, Sun Tzu.

About this poem

Mired in the unforgiving mud of war.

Font size:

Written on March 15, 2019

Submitted on October 09, 2021

43 sec read
1 View

David R. Evans

David Evans was awakened to the power of poetry by a “tough guy” high school English teacher who had an eye gored out in a college football game. Mr. Rice made it clear that poetry was for tough guys too. David’s later experiences as a US Marine warrior confirms that. He says, “Poetry nurtures the wounded soul”. As a member of Veterans For Peace, David spends much of life working to educate others about the game of Empire, and the unacceptable human cost of war. He says he “resides on land stolen from Native Americans, just north of Vancouver Washington.” more…

All David R. Evans poems | David R. Evans Books

(0 fans)

Discuss this David R. Evans poem with the community:



    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:


    "The Master Teaches" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 7 Oct. 2022. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/111716/the-master-teaches>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    October 2022

    Poetry Contest

    Enter our monthly contest for the chance to win cash prizes and gain recognition for your talent.

    Browse Poetry.com


    Are you a poetry master?

    Who wrote the poem "A Dream Within A Dream"?
    • A. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • B. Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • C. William Blake
    • D. Edgar Allan Poe