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Of Abortions and Wars: A Poem

Val enjoys writing rhymed poetry with a valuable message in it.

Could we fathom the horror of a battle in a young man's mind before he dies -- before our sugarcoating it with something glorious?

Could we fathom the horror of a battle in a young man's mind before he dies -- before our sugarcoating it with something glorious?

I thought I could wake up this sleeping country with my cries, but still they sleep as if in a dream.

-- Fatima Bhutto

They say life is too precious for abortion

but dying in a senseless war is quite O.K.

so we never bother looking at disproportion

of dying as embryo or on one's 20th birthday.


They say those soldiers died for their homeland

they didn't -- they died for the corporate greed

brainwashed, people don't really understand

war is about money, not for a defense need.


And how many unwanted babies get born

from start doomed to poverty, drugs, crime

a mother hearing about daughter doing porn

or raising her bad son that ends up doing time.


That puritan view of moralistic crap

talking about life as being gift from god

all served to us in some lying shiny gift wrap

when pregnancy is a mistake, the "gift" looks odd.


An anti-abortion leader gives an order for attack

because "national interests" have to be defended

that's why justice in these matters is all out of whack

all that senseless dying, and pregnancies not intended.


At a moment we are god-fearing believers

allowing embryo to become unwanted child

only to turn into some ruthless self-deceivers

with war driven by greed so primitive and wild.


Our military cemeteries so dignified with pride

ghettos and abandoned kids a national shame

it's an ugly truth that we so ably manage to hide

as killed grownup or embryo cannot be the same.

© 2022 Val Karas