i don't know [anything] about war

Typewriter5by Dryden03 Sep 2014

i can take a stand on knowing go over the top on what i believe like soldiers on a numbered hill but even with imagination exploding with trenches, rats, severed limbs, bayonets stuck between ribs, horses hung up in trees and melted over branches like a Salvador Dali scene the truth is a shard of shrapnel sticking in my convictions: i don’t know the first thing about war – i have read about PTSD seen blown-out tanks and villages and cities on the news read war novels that tell me war is hell but i don’t know anything about war i’ve been fascinated and horrified by documentaries and movies mostly…
Schindler’s List
Saving Private Ryan
Inglorious Basterds
The War to End All Wars
but i still know nothing about war i remember the Gulf War (August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991) saw parts of it live on tv heard people say it looks like a video game especially the night shots: green missile flashes flying at some enemy – i marched – i mean, walked in protest against that war with others on a peace walk from here to there yet i don’t know anything about war i once thought i did talked about it and against it like i knew even now i say Jesus and Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and that i don’t believe in war i hope i know something about peace but when people talk about war that thing i know nothing about i just want to retreat–
to fall back–
to go home–
and become
quiet

Mick Friesen