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Thomas Curtis Clark: Who made war?

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

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Thomas Curtis Clark
Hell’s Dream

A proud king dreamed in his gilded chair;
He dreamed – and sighed, for the lands were fair!
A king said “Yea!” It was but a breath!
And a million men marched toward the gates of death.

A million wives gasped as their husbands sped;
A million babes starved as their fathers bled.
A king sought gain in the north and south –
And a million men marched toward the cannon’s mouth.

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A Question

God, who made the shining stars,
The circling planets, the fair, green earth,
With friendly seasons – jubilant spring,
Bountiful summer, winter that puts tired life to rest;
God, who made morning songs and sweet night-crooning;
God of the forests and silver rivers,
Gardens and orchards green and golden,
God of harmony, God of beauty,
Who made war?

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