Friday, November 11, 2011

universal soldier

The crucified planet Earth,
should it find a voice
and a sense of irony,
might now well say
of our abuse of it,
"Forgive them, Father,
They know not what they do."

The irony would be
that we know what
we are doing.

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say
in a voice floating up
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
"It is done."
People did not like it here.

Kurt Vonnegut (11 november 1922 - 2007)
above from A Man Without a Country

today is veterans day - just one more of the 365 days of the year to pray for peace.

buffy sainte-marie singing her classic anti-war anthem universal soldier. the song was released in 1964 on her debut album it's my way!

of the song buffy remarked:
"I wrote 'Universal Soldier' in the basement of The Purple Onion coffee house in Toronto in the early sixties. It's about individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all."

amen sister!

photo: roadside memorial, somewhere between durango colorado and santa fe, new mexico, 22 october 2011


Merle Sneed said...

You said it all Mouse. If only we would stop the madness.

Watson said...

No one wins a war. All the showing of weapons and military today seems to me an obscene affront to those who died, especially innocent civilians. It's time to evolve, or go extinct.

Steve Reed said...

A great, great song!

tony said...

"war" ..the human disease.

Colette Amelia said...

And this cross photo is stunning! Bravo!