and the battle wages on…

and the battle  wages on

children laugh
now bombs burst
broken toys
children cry
and the battle wages on
evening comes
pleas for peace
ancient hate
missiles breach
and the battle wages on
political game
lives are pawns
land pursued
blood the price
and the battle wages on
night prayers
walls collapse
dust fills lungs
breaths stolen
and the battle wages on
broken limbs
children still
eyes won’t close
concrete graves
and the battle wages on

have you seen…

i cannot recall
the ride
from the city
the cold water
around my feet
and
rushing through
my lungs
seems
so
comforting
unholy water
washing away
my fears
a baptism
of human lust
has brought
me here
to drink
from this chalice
of unfulfilled
childhood dreams
a chalice
brought to my lips
on the blade
of a spear
thrust into my side
by
someone
who did not
even know
my name

oh please don’t be late…

copyright cwmartin 2012

go ahead
barricade
the last
surviving remnants
of your soul
behind walls
of psychic blindness
you don’t need
to do
anything
for
those children
little street urchins
begging for food
children left out
of your
comfort zone
since
you can’t
won’t
see them
go ahead
do
nothing
finish that latte
and
worry about
whether
or not
the train
will be
on time
you don’t want
to miss another
televised
football pundit’s
prediction
go ahead
do
nothing

child bride…

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

stench
of fresh vomit
and
day old whiskey
pressed hard
against her face
flesh
smelling
like rancid meat
covered hers
she
pleading
to whatever gods
there may be
for
death

something special….

i have decided to save up all my anger
for a special occasion
not the usual
   boys and girls club ceo’s $1m salary questioned
   teen pleads not guilty to murder in calif. bonfire case
   ford tries to fend off rivals in cop car market 
   calif. county files suit over toyota defects
   out-of-control’ prius driver has troubled past
   internet agency delays porn decision
   seattle cops stop man with device taped to body
   conservative board oks draft curriculum 
   textbook wars in texas
   republican paid $150g after nude ‘hot-tubbing’
   woman jumping on tracks for bag killed by subway 
   winner of the woods mistress pageant is..
   foot odor at fla. airport may prompt security change
   teacher mauled to death by wolves in alaska
   elderly shunned by society forced to eat dog food
   warfare in the last decade has killed 2 million children
   more than 110,600 iraqis had been killed since the start of the war to april 2009.
   u.s. armed forces death set at 4,379 dead as of february 23, 2010
   birth education control rejected by local community school board  
   child tossed in garbage by teenage parent
the list could go on my friend
but there’s nothing new on this list
these are but thoreaurian moments
the world has created these lists for as long as man can remember
no  i’m saving my anger for
something special…..