Anti-War Poetry


Tom Greening – TRANSCEND Media Service

I scurry around the city
intoning my anti-war poems
at peace rallies and poetry readings,
but so far have never prevented a war.

I can’t keep trying forever,
and need some help
from Washington, Baghdad,
or Xanadu.

Rhyme or blank verse,
conventional or nuclear—
whatever works.

Rank it out by the ton,
drop it on people all over the world.
It will daze and pacify them,
maybe even enlighten some.
Inspection teams can verify the results.

Never let it be said
that we desperate poets didn’t try.

Tom Greening: “I engage in five professional activities:
Faculty Member at Saybrook University
Private Practice of Psychotherapy
Clinical Professor of Psychology, UCLA
International Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Writing (Poetry).”


This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 3 Feb 2014.

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