Parting…

WA War Memorial Monument

The Western Australia War Memorial Monument at King’s Park.

Parting :

Our grief

is not a cry for war      Welcome no mind
that from it cultivates an enemy      Pre-empt

no strikes radio no transmissions release no
propaganda     Our grief will not be coerced

into naming its associates or disclosing its
locations Time will beat no confessions

from us Hunger will close its mouth over
its own depravity and not cannibalise sorrow’s

flesh Violence will throw down its arms and
passively put its questions to us     Our grief is not

a cry for war sounded on the heels of retreat
but an act of conscience publicly declaring itself

for peace

Terry Jaensch

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