Valediction to War [Poetry: Anytime, Anyplace…]

Poetry: Anytime, Anyplace, About Anything – Valediction to War

By, Donna M. Monnig

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a valediction – a poem of goodbye – I chose to write a valediction to war.

Statue of Soldier's Raising Flag

Valediction to War
Goodbye they say
      is such sweet sorrow,
I want the whole world
      to feel it tomorrow.
The world to weep as
      a final goodbye is said,
To an institution never
      to be raised from the dead.
The world as one to
      say a final farewell,
To an earthly devil,
      a nightmare, a hell.
This valediction, such
      sweet sorrow indeed,
As from under the hammer
      all would be freed.
BDU’s and camouflage
      would lose their intrigue,
There’d never be a need
      for desert fatigues.
There’d be no folded flags
      placed in widows hands,
No 21-gun salutes taking place
      over hollowed lands.
With one united goodbye
      we would say less than before,
If only all the world
      would say goodbye to war.
©Donna M. Monnig
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About Donna M. Monnig

Donna M. Monnig is a published poet, aspiring novelist, freelance writer, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and is a cowgirl at heart.
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3 Responses to Valediction to War [Poetry: Anytime, Anyplace…]

  1. Pingback: Day Six Poetry Challenges | Two Voices, One Song

  2. booklover says:

    I really enjoyed this poem. A goodbye poem to war, very inspired! Now if we could only get poeple to do it!


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