Mag 293

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A soldier must be willing to empty their contents

To assume justice even in its absence

To follow without the guidance of heart.

The heart is too sensitive for violence,

Only the ego can conceive such cruelty.

There are only monsters,

Effigies of straw and bone.

There is survival and suspicion.

Hatred too is essential and if not

Hatred than at the very least indifference.

There are no children in war,

No women, no “people”,

There are only savages,

For who could kill

A man, woman or child

In cold blood if they were not

Shielded from their innocence?

There is no peace in war.

There is no peace in the heart

Of a man who takes arms

Against his neighbor.

There is no peace

Among the pocket liners

And grave fillers.

There is no peace

Among the widowed and childless.

There are still flowers

Blooming in the debris

Of what was once humanity.

There is still a sun and a moon

Cycling together in perfect harmony

Despite their differences.

Will we destroy them too?


This was inspired by a story in Planescape Torment.

There is a captain on a war ship. He has been ordered by his king to destroy an entire country. He is engaged in a merciless, basically one-sided war. His 2nd in command asks him what gives them the right to murder billions of people? The 2nd insists that the inhabitants can’t all be traitors that surely they are slaughtering innocents as well. The captain turns to his 2nd in command and says there are no innocents, that they must think only of their duty. There can be no mothers, no children, no “people”.  If I were to think about what I have done, what I have truly done here I would go mad. So you see they are all traitors, all savages, and they deserve to be punished. To me this absolutely epitomizes war.


11 responses to “Mag 293

  1. Oh well done , you have encapsulated perfectly , i think , the folly of war . There is however , an archetypal dimension to it , so i am sure Chordate Primate Chimps like us will always indulge , cheers

    • I had to hop over and read your piece, I would say we were indeed. The toll war takes on the psyches and hearts of the soldiers, the toll war takes on the land, and so many innocents dying as well I think people don’t understand how many children, how many civilians are killed in war. Terrible business war

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