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why do people go to war?

cold_fusion
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Poetry Contest

Write a short piece of poetry, pereferably a rhyming one, explaining to a 5 year old child why grown upsgo to war. There in lies the challenge - make it easy to understand for a 5 year old child
Before i put out the few rules, just want to explain the origin of this comp. We just observed the Remembrance day 2 days ago, and last year on this occasion, I was with my 5 year old child at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. As any other inquisitive kid, he asked me some profound questions there, but this one i found hardest to explain, the true reasons in simple, easy words.

Comp rules:

one entry per poet

keep it short ( <100 words)

any rhyme scheme preferred

again stressing- challenge is to make it easy for a 5 yo to comprehend

two weeks.

All are welcome!

Comp will solely be judged by Me..and in the unlikely event i pass away before the comp ends, then Teri - Amorous_Tryst will be tasked with that.

...go try...challenge that philosopher and poet in you...


Jade-Pandora
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But Why?

 

But why do people go to war?
Is what my Joey said to me.
It was a question perfect for
When I was walking by the sea.

I was alone to contemplate
But why do people go to war?.
My son inside to patient wait
Five years ago when he was born.

His dad had fallen on the shore,
The cry of gulls as battle raged.
But why do people go to war?
There was no marker for a grave.

I knelt to pray and told my son
Just what his dad had said before
He left “to fight for everyone”.
But why do people go to war?

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Thank You Jadey!! for the inauguration! and what an entry!

i'll bite my tongue till the end of the comp re the poem itself. Just this... an honor an Artist like You taking part in this.


For other poets who hadn't made up their minds yet..this is the first ever comp am hosting... and i may never host again..so, you see it's a rare opportunity to get this trophy in your bag

Layla
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Once Upon A Time

 

Peace and love moved war to the other side of the moon  
Hatred and greed climbed a ladder and pulled it too soon  
Before time could heal old wounds bleeding like river  
To oceans and seas risen in anger.  
 
The earth cried in pain,  
“You shall never rest in my womb again!  
To do what’s undone, can never be done  
You are the storm without rain.”
 
 
Kindness wrapped its clouds around the children  
And the wise sun awaited untaken by questions  
No one knew the answer to human fears  
Clawing at every grave ladened with mother’s tears.  
Written by Layla
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cold_fusion
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😊 Wow! thank you Layla! what an entry.


EdibleWords
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A Reason for War

Men should not pick fights
they should end them
 
The pen defends your rights  
from all the bad men
 
War itself is not wrong
it is signed by a pen
 
Swords are not so strong
as the pen that surrenders them
Written by EdibleWords
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midevil
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The Hunt

 

Tell a tale I have to speak of a time for long since has past.
The yesterday’s of yesterday before the after far from the first last.
Of a lost tale ware you and I shall together relive the forgotten history.
Let it forever fade from all memory become it will be your destiny.
Though rare are they those occasions occur for the stories to be told.
Heard were the words in the years of my youth now recited in the days of old.
My gaze never fell upon the sight of a world not ruled over by man.
Such an unspoiled place is difficult to imagine but easy to understand.
To a time when freedom was free and never a tribute was paid.
And for to know that no boundaries exist nor any ownership made.
When the entire world was for the taking and all the world was shared.
By the souls of those who dwelled with the wild and who’s spirit did it care.
A harmonious balance made possible between the untamed and the fairy.
The blessings of nature was theirs and with it peace and tranquility.
Games and fun like a child’s life their only wish was to play.
Harvest in gardens grown worldwide was life in those earlier days.
Change happened though quiet and slow in places hidden and unseen.
Brought about the end of forever like the waking from a restful dream.
One who was crowned by his kind traveled far from his gilded throne.
Claiming the forest as a part of his kingdom unaware it was the fairies home.
A legion of companions accompanied the ruler on both foot and horseback.
Fear filled the void ware peace earlier dwelled as the hunters went on the attack.
From the fierce to the helpless none were spared sport became the beast.
Taking with them the most prized while laying waste those who were valued the least.
None moved nor did stir from their places of hiding ware they remained under cover.
But still able to see the loss of so many while fearing for one another.
In great sadness they toiled to honor their dead anger took root from their seeds of grief.
So high is the price of a life that no equal measure could pay it is a debt without any relief.
Young twigs were bent and spiders web strings together made a powerful tiny bow.
Porcupine quills and feathers from the birds filled a quiver of tiny arrows.
An army of fairies began to take shape and was soon ready to fight.
Against their peaceful ways they sought their revenge under the cover of night.
From in the angry mob a lone voice cried out, “Please before it becomes too late.”
“Let my words be heard then if you wish you may go and retaliate.”
“Something must be done for the innocence lost for to them was committed a crime.”
“In your need for blood, what if it’s yours, dying for death ahead of its time.”
“My idea is simple with a cost not as great but still more than any can afford.”
“A divide shall always stand between man and beast alone will be the humans reward.”
“Welcome them not and flee from there presence and give them a reason to fear.”
“Make the forest a foreboding place one they will chose not to come near.”
“Make not yourselves the enemy or do as they do instead follow a higher road.”
“Allow those who do harm to change your nature and you’ll bear a heavier load.”
“Our time will soon come and what shall we say to those who before us now are dead.”
“Is it a tribute to the living to take life away or a tribute to death instead?”
“No greater gift is life and defending it from death is of the highest cause.”
“But taking life from life goes against our nature and our most basic laws.”
One by one the bows fell and the arrows were dropped as hostilities began to cease.
The woods returned to its earlier state, though there remained an uneasy peace.
And so that is why when an animal is seen it will instinctively run away.
For they never forgot that time long ago and what happened on that long ago day.
Written by midevil
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Ely
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Why do people go to war?

Folks go to war for water
they go to war for oil...
sometimes it seems
they go to war
when tempers start to boil…

To steal land from the neighbors
war is just another way…
some folks will swear
God told them to
what an awful thing to say…

In the end it's pretty simple, kids
and just 'tween you and me…
mostly people go to war
because they disagree…

Their Mamas never taught them
to work their problems out...
to get together
with each other
to talk, instead of shout...



Written by Ely (E.A.Rothwell)
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cold_fusion
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A Reason for War

Men should not pick fights
they should end them
 
The pen defends your rights  
from all the bad men
 
War itself is not wrong
it is signed by a pen
 
Swords are not so strong
as the pen that surrenders them
Written by EdibleWords
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EdibleWords said:
Welcome and thank you for your awesome entry EdibleWords.

cold_fusion
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The Hunt

 

Tell a tale I have to speak of a time for long since has past.
The yesterday’s of yesterday before the after far from the first last.
Of a lost tale ware you and I shall together relive the forgotten history.
Let it forever fade from all memory become it will be your destiny.
Though rare are they those occasions occur for the stories to be told.
Heard were the words in the years of my youth now recited in the days of old.
My gaze never fell upon the sight of a world not ruled over by man.
Such an unspoiled place is difficult to imagine but easy to understand.
To a time when freedom was free and never a tribute was paid.
And for to know that no boundaries exist nor any ownership made.
When the entire world was for the taking and all the world was shared.
By the souls of those who dwelled with the wild and who’s spirit did it care.
A harmonious balance made possible between the untamed and the fairy.
The blessings of nature was theirs and with it peace and tranquility.
Games and fun like a child’s life their only wish was to play.
Harvest in gardens grown worldwide was life in those earlier days.
Change happened though quiet and slow in places hidden and unseen.
Brought about the end of forever like the waking from a restful dream.
One who was crowned by his kind traveled far from his gilded throne.
Claiming the forest as a part of his kingdom unaware it was the fairies home.
A legion of companions accompanied the ruler on both foot and horseback.
Fear filled the void ware peace earlier dwelled as the hunters went on the attack.
From the fierce to the helpless none were spared sport became the beast.
Taking with them the most prized while laying waste those who were valued the least.
None moved nor did stir from their places of hiding ware they remained under cover.
But still able to see the loss of so many while fearing for one another.
In great sadness they toiled to honor their dead anger took root from their seeds of grief.
So high is the price of a life that no equal measure could pay it is a debt without any relief.
Young twigs were bent and spiders web strings together made a powerful tiny bow.
Porcupine quills and feathers from the birds filled a quiver of tiny arrows.
An army of fairies began to take shape and was soon ready to fight.
Against their peaceful ways they sought their revenge under the cover of night.
From in the angry mob a lone voice cried out, “Please before it becomes too late.”
“Let my words be heard then if you wish you may go and retaliate.”
“Something must be done for the innocence lost for to them was committed a crime.”
“In your need for blood, what if it’s yours, dying for death ahead of its time.”
“My idea is simple with a cost not as great but still more than any can afford.”
“A divide shall always stand between man and beast alone will be the humans reward.”
“Welcome them not and flee from there presence and give them a reason to fear.”
“Make the forest a foreboding place one they will chose not to come near.”
“Make not yourselves the enemy or do as they do instead follow a higher road.”
“Allow those who do harm to change your nature and you’ll bear a heavier load.”
“Our time will soon come and what shall we say to those who before us now are dead.”
“Is it a tribute to the living to take life away or a tribute to death instead?”
“No greater gift is life and defending it from death is of the highest cause.”
“But taking life from life goes against our nature and our most basic laws.”
One by one the bows fell and the arrows were dropped as hostilities began to cease.
The woods returned to its earlier state, though there remained an uneasy peace.
And so that is why when an animal is seen it will instinctively run away.
For they never forgot that time long ago and what happened on that long ago day.
Written by midevil
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midevil said:
Welcome  and thank you dear poet Friend. This is a captivating entry. Just on the wrong side of the word count dear friend. I love the delivery and the flow.
Just a request re the need to relook at the word count.


cold_fusion
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Why do people go to war?

Folks go to war for water
they go to war for oil...
sometimes it seems
they go to war
when tempers start to boil…

To steal land from the neighbors
war is just another way…
some folks will swear
God told them to
what an awful thing to say…

In the end it's pretty simple, kids
and just 'tween you and me…
mostly people go to war
because they disagree…

Their Mamas never taught them
to work their problems out...
to get together
with each other
to talk, instead of shout...



Written by Ely (E.A.Rothwell)
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Ely said:

Thank You Ely.
I welcome your awesome entry as well as your presence.

Heaven_sent_Kathy
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Why War?

 

I wish it was a simple thing
To explain why people go to war.
But anything that can reduce
Society and lives to rubble

Is from an unbridled darkness
Of our prehistoric DNA.
Like the wolf in domestic dogs,
We too have the capability

To turn and bite the hand that feeds.
Beginning from the first smell of blood,
Marking territory with scent,
Before a God existed, my child.
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War & Peace

War is the spawn of Hate
Love is the Angel of Peace
Only Love can defeat Hate
So, here is all we need do
To rid War and let Peace rule
Love and forgive others
As you would have them
Forgive and Love you
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