Who are we to send our youth to fight on foreign soil?
Who are we that pass the laws that cause our young to perish on another’s shores?
Who are we to declare the threat of terrorism is at our door?
We simply send our youth to fight, supposedly to defend our shores.

We freely toss around the word democracy;
Do we really know what it means?
Is it attainable, are we wanted, would we be missed?
Or is this simply a crafty politicians ruse.

One that results in acts that create untold misery
An aching void in what once we called our lucky land.
Are we fools to believe that peace ever existed at all?
“Lest We Forget”, but we do and the horror starts anew.

Who are we that weep for loved ones lost,
Who are we that care for broken minds and bodies on return?
We are mothers, fathers, spouses, brothers, sisters,
Who support the powers that send our kids to war.

About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing and is now a postgraduate student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur babies Hugo and Tashi-la..

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