Why do we fight?
Each swipe we take leaves us bare:
Retaliation always comes,
Another line of red across our chest.
No war is without casualties
The innocent bystanders
Drawn in and slaughtered.
No one is smiling when the war is done.
Parents weep for lost children
Friends try in vain to repair friendships
Those who fight,
Beaten and scarred
Within and without.

So many tears.

Desolation is the only creation,
So why do we fight?

Lay down your arms
Whether weapons or words
Ideas or arguments
Instead, take up understanding
Bringing life and growth
Rather than fire,
Scars and pain.


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