First published in Al-Moharer Vol. 248 11/9/2006

Also published in New Community Quarterly Vol. 4 No.3 Spring p.27

I heard the call to arms it seems
it penetrated all my dreams
when I heard the anguished screams
before the bullets fired.

I declared myself against the war
it made all the generals sore
peace is something they abhor
until their killing has expired.

In my mind’s eye I saw bombs drop
I really wanted them to stop
to catch the killers on the hop
and war mongers retired.