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What is War?


Artwork: Raven Powe

Original poem: Sydney Naseef


What is War?

Inspired by “Spin,” Tim O’Brien

What is war to you?
Torture? Fear? Pain?
Or is it something great
like life, and liberty?
But war to the people
on the front lines
looks a little different;
they see blood and missiles and firearms
and death.
They see a game of
good vs. evil;
almost like a battle of Ping-Pong,
striking the ball back and forth
to the evil that lies on the
other side.
They know war.
They know pain.
They’ve seen it
for themselves.

Photo: Karah Smith