Backbreaker

203461_1043105893_7925013_n_biggerby Joshua Converse05 Jul 2013

If a man cut a swath sixty miles wide
Through a country of women and children and old men
Burning as he went, raping, slaughtering,
And looting,
stringing up corpses for the crows,
We would call him monster
And lock him away…

except in times of war,
when we call him General
or Sir,
and wait for his orders.