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The Master Teaches

David R. Evans 1948 (Washington)



They say you know war
Sun Tzu.

Homer,
Thucydides,
Alexander
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,
Atlanta.

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
Hiroshima
Nagasaki.

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.

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Mired in the unforgiving mud of war.

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Written on March 15, 2019

Submitted on October 09, 2021

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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…

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