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#1164387 - 05/13/20 03:06 PM DRUMS OF PEACE (my combat story in ten parts)  
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FORWARD MARCH

The dawn of man is marked by tools
The ancients left behind,
Their use as weapons, harsh and cruel
Left scars on bony finds.

Some populations once intact
Were gone without a trace,
A tragedy man re-enacts
In every clime and place.

The bloody spears of victory
With stains of battles won,
Were passed down throughout history
From sires to their sons.

Traditions echo ever more,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

Eternal fame for conquering
for empires far and wide,
Honor manís war mongering
In historyís rising tide.

The dynasties of reigning kings
Are judged as weak or strong,
As measured in the scheme of things
By victories, right or wrong.

Ancestral halls in pompous flair
Where Coats of Arms are hung,
Stand in timeless honor where
The songs of war are sung.

With medals, fame and wealth in store,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

FORMATION

Now children catch the morning sun
That bids them out to play,
The neighborhood calls everyone,
To join a war today!

Soon after breakfast action starts,
They run straight for a gun,
And caps or water or paint or darts
For hours of killing fun.

Theyíre trained by their computer games,
The movies and TV,
Our little children taking aims
to practice what theyíve seen.

With coursing pulse they canít ignore,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

For bottle caps and minted coin
They see a matinee,
Evil versus good are joined
In true to life melee.

The blood will spurt and heads will fly
As actors play their part,
To shoot and stab and burn and die
In cinematic art.

Inoculated to the shock
A bloody death would bring,
Our children are more apt to flock
To see most anything.

Immunized from blood and gore,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

DOUBLETIME MARCH

Our teens face off in angry gangs
And when they chance to meet,
The escalating Tag and Bang
Leaves bodies in the street.

The toys of youth were long replaced
By weapons made of steel,
The cries of pain from foes they face
And flowing blood are real.

The motives spawning rival hate
Are taught in homes and schools,
As class, religion, creed and race
Give birth to laws and rules.

Read bloody letters on the floor,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war.

To teens who just cannot decide
What they would like to do,
The television oft reminds
That Uncle Sam Wants You!

For those who reach their senior year
There is a special test,
To find out which armed force appears
To match their skills the best.

Teens look to those in fighting roles
As Heroes and as Greats,
And labor toward those chosen goals
No matter what it takes.

Patriotic to the core,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

CALL TO ARMS

The Old ones meet at powerís peak
As tempers start to flare,
And torch the very words of peace
Theyíd gathered to prepare,

The smoldering makes logic blind
And voice of reason choke,
The fire in the belly climbs
To fill the head with smoke.

Lightning bolts of threat appear!
Each one is met in kind!
And clash in spark, like sword and spear
To slay all peaceful minds.

Now unleash the ancient lore!
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

The headlines scream the latest news,
The young are called to fight!
Fulfill the Patriotic Dream
With all your strength and might!

Send out recruiters to the door
In cities large and small,
Make them gather more and more
Until we get them all!

Weíll take them of their own accord
Unless they hesitate,
And little time we can afford,
Conscription cannot wait.

Sound the call from shore to shore,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

CHARGE

No more a child, but still a teen
I answer to the call,
And though I have a wife and child
I say goodbye to all.

In duty to my Nationís plea
I run to take up arms,
And find myself across the sea
In place to face the harms.

In August heat the sirens blew
And woke us at first light,
To stop the enemy from pouring through
A tunnel hid from sight.

Within the ranks of rich or poor,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war.

Their tanks could quickly press ahead
Against our battle lines,
And we would then be forced to fight
In fields of buried mines.

Small arms and puny rounds to match
Were all I had with me,
An air guard perched atop a truck,
As ready as Iíd be.

My speechless fellow soldiers reach
For canteens filled with booze,
And smoke some herbal courage,
Something all of them could use.

Now drowning out the cannonís roar,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war.

BATTLE CRY

I miss the ones that chose to run,
Without a place to go,
As now I lock and load my gun,
And hear the battle grow.

I watch the choppers overhead,
Machine guns at the door,
Fly quickly toward the battleground,
ĎTill I can see no more.

Gunfire barks through humid air
And sends a chopper back,
In shock I see, while sitting there,
The price of the attack.

To mothers of the sons they bore,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war.

The bullet riddled door agape,
Gave me a glimpse inside,
At members of the flight crew
And the fear they could not hide.

Infectious fear can quickly spread,
I turn my eyes away,
So images I sorely dread
Canít find my dreams and stay.

Weíre pressing on, but somethingís wrong
On winding gravel road,
The truck starts swerving swift and strong
And rolls atop itís load!

In vengeance for the battle score,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war.

SOLDIERíS PRAYER

Beneath my truck, where I am stuck
I cannot feel my legs,
Upside down in curled up tuck
Like a duckling in an egg.

The fuel tanks and the batteries
Begin to spew their load,
Bare wires spark the diesel fuel
And smoke pours down the road.

I canít recall how long I lay
ĎFore opening my eyes,
My drifting thoughts were turned to Prayer
In hopes I would not die.

The name of God in oath they swore,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

Oh let me see the morning view
Before I pass away,
And plants bejeweled in diamond dew
At early break of day.

And linger till the afternoon
As birds so mellow sing,
In fragrances from summer blooms
The lazy breezes bring.

And let me see the sunset paint
The mountainís crimson might,
Then in the moonlight I will faint
Beneath the stars so bright.

Though many fall in battle sore,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

RETURN TO DUTY

My comrades render selfless aid,
And do all they can do,
I lay and bask in answered prayer
In sunlightís golden hue.

Four days that passed as slow as years
Were all the battle took,
New consolations stained with tears
Go into historyís book.

It isnít long before Iím strong
And back on full alert,
But to a new place I have gone,
To safeguard foreign dirt.

Duty bound strait to the core,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war!

As older soldier I now stand
To train the new recruits,
To fight the new wars that began
From industryís pursuits.

The fresh faced youth crawl at my feet
With live rounds overhead,
And lift their eyes to me in awe
As I stare straight ahead.

All are proud to serve when their
Own homeland is attacked,
But not one parent of the dead
Would not want their child back.

No matter what weíre fighting for,
In hearts of youth beat drums of war.

CEASE FIRE

In looking back throughout the years
At historyís battle tracks,
There is no place upon the earth
Untouched by warís attacks.

The reasons mount to touch the sky
Aggression and defense,
Early man once made a spear
And has not dropped it since.

Each new generation takes
Itís place on either side
Of disagreements chasm
Where all bridges are denied.

To end all war forever more,
Let young hearts silence drums of war!

Someday will come the newly born
Who will not touch the spear,
Raised up to know the light and truth
That brings an end to fear.

Beyond the eve of futureís birth
The youth will all rejoice,
The greatest victory on the earth,
The death of war drumís voice.

If youth are raised with listening ears
To live their lives in peace,
Weíll see the last of glistening spears
And drums of war will cease.

The Savior bled from every pore,
Let young hearts silence drums of war!

DRUMS OF PEACE

Bold moon greets while sun retreats,
As both light up the land,
Youth now seek, from mountainís peak
The works of the Masterís hand.

In the North a spring bursts forth,
Above a deep ravine,
Then it falls down stony walls,
And forms a pool serene.

To the South, the rivers mouth,
Alive with leaping fish,
Makes itís reach, from hills to beach,
To grant all life itís wish.

To the East walk herds of beasts,
Above them flocks of birds,
To the west is sunsetís best,
Beyond the reach of words.

Feeling small amidst it all,
Transfixed in wondrous awe,
In the trance they start to dance,
Inspired by what they saw.

Gathering sticks, both long and thick,
They strike a hollow log,
Pulses from the simple drum
Sound peace through evening fog.

With matchless love that will not cease,
In hearts of youth beat drums of peace.

#1164919 - 06/01/20 09:07 PM Re: DRUMS OF PEACE (my combat story in ten parts) [Re: Perry Neal Crawford]  
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This is excellent. the whole history and hopefully destiny of man. very good read.


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#1164951 - 06/03/20 09:30 AM Re: DRUMS OF PEACE (my combat story in ten parts) [Re: Perry Neal Crawford]  
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Epic. Great write.


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