War Shadows - an art work by T Newfields
War Shadows

I marched with Napoleon
across the plains of Russia
& rode with Genghis Khan
across fields where humans
were harvested easily like wheat

I advanced with Alexander
to the edges of known civilization
& sallied with Cortez
anywhere rumored to have gold

I followed the Führer
out of blind lust for battle
& supported Bush-Biden-Bin Laden
so vengeance could unfold

Wherever you find mass graveyards
& places of bloody retribution
my stench will assault your nostrils.

The next time world leaders
churn out doggerel about
another 'just' conflict . . .
how will you respond?