Saturday, 12 May 2012


By Stanley Collymore

We need a war:
as we have no answers of any kind
for the repeated failures and full-scale
collapse of the economy, which we've
persistently botched up with such
stunning regularity through
our exceptional mediocrity; so a
war would do nicely in
focusing our minds.

We need a war:
to consolidate and further stimulate the
burgeoning arms industry – our solitary
outstanding success, rivaled only by our
extraordinary zest in unmasking our
incredible arrogance and amazing
stupidity in not having learnt
anything at all from our
very recent past.

We most definitely need a war:
to help eradicate large sections of our
communities - the flotsam and jetsam
of humanity who constitute the sick, aged,
disabled, unproductive, unwanted and the
unemployed; people we really can't abide
and from whom it would be uncivil and
deceitful to hide our utter contempt
and hostility, for they're such a huge
financial burden on the
rest of society.

We need a war:
as fighting with others,
and even among ourselves, is
what we're gifted at doing;
and it's such great fun killing
then making martyrs of the dead
and icons of the injured living –
those who were fortunate to
have survived the slaying.

So let's have another wonderful war
that we can joyfully celebrate in songs,
propaganda films, and hypocritically
but so majestically in our characteristic
and militaristically ceremonial parades
lay costly wreaths at cenotaphs for,
just like we do each year
for the last one.

For let's not forget that we have the technology
and the pedigree, as well as the power lust to
engineer and sustain a nuclear holocaust –
and won't it just be fun, especially
if it's done in someone else's
backyard and as far away as
possible from our own?

© Stanley V. Collymore
27 March 1998.

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