Richard Pierce

Poetry

WWI Pentaptych

I.

The lights go out over Europe
Where war is too remote for understanding.
Though it’s less than a generation
Since genocide.
#lestweforget

II.

#LightsOut
In homes without walls
In homes still at war;
Not from middle-class choice
But from fear and despair.
#remembertheliving

III.

#lightsout
to remember the war to end all wars
and still we fight
over power and organised religion.
Man’s inhumanity to man
continues.

IV.

#lightsout
we honour our fallen friends
in all conflicts,
not the politicians
who perpetuate war
from safety and wealth.
#lestweforget

V.

#lightsout
over europe
if you give fascists
your vote
regardless of colour
or nationality.
remember the future
as well as the past.

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