Frank Poems: UNFORTUNATELY

In times of military tension
Call twenty-four random ordinary people
On each side
In off the street
And ask them if
They’d prefer peace or war,

Pointing out first in brief –
Because, after all,
Random ordinary people
Have non-random, not-so-ordinary
Lives to lead
And won’t be paid for this –

Pointing out the pros and cons
Of peace and war,
Especially regarding
Ordinary not-so-ordinary people
And in particular
The poor.

Then take a vote…

Result!

PS:
Unfortunately,
When it comes to war and peace
In times of military tension,
It tends hardly ever
To work like this.

The Guardian, 8 February 2022: "Putin’s massive table: powerplay or paranoia?" Photograph: EyePress News/Rex/Shutterstock.

30/07/2022

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