"Today's poem describes a young boy searching for the sense in war, whom despite the bravery and patriotism of his beloved father serving and fighting in foreign lands, is determined never to don the uniform of a soldier and to remain a devout pacifist and peace lover until the day he dies.
'Pacifist of Perfect Peace' by William Forde
Copyright William Forde: September 12th, 2018.
'If visiting hours heaven had,
you'd see me every day.
handing out arms and legs to amputees
and hands and hearts to pray
for peace to spread across the world
and touch down in every land,
to see children laugh and play all day,
not have to understand
the senseless violence, the midnight screams
of hurt, shock, death and pain,
to look up at the night-time sky just to see it rain
down bombs and bullets as they lie frightened in their bed,
while homes are bombed and blown to bits
with a searching torch of infrared.
Please let my daddy home again, don't let him die on foreign ground,
all alone in pools of blood, surrounded by the cold and cruelty
of blind and indifferent humanity
I love you, daddy, you know I do,
there's almost nothing I wouldn't do for you,
except to kill for flag and country
and rob another child of a daddy too.'
William Forde: September 12th, 2018. Copyright, 2018.