Who or what will stop the next war? by Dave Urwin

Who or what will stop the next war?

And the next?

And the next?

No amount of Christian prayer

or Muslim prayer

or Jewish prayer.

No Prime Minister

or President

laying a wreath

in the teeth

of the wind of hatred,

or uncompromising mechanism of belief.

No cathedral service of remembrance

for the victims of war

with all its pomp and circumstance,

for men and women ride into battle

with their Bibles hung around their necks.

No muezzin call to prayer

for the suicide bomber

invokes his or her god

as the school explodes,

as the child’s flesh burns.

No poem by Wilfred Owen;

though if anything could,

a poem should.

And who among you can guarantee

to have erased from your heart

all cruelty?

 Then, what of each nation’s sense of sovereignty?

Tell me,

who or what

will stop

the next war?

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