Dumb Animals

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When the old Soviet leaders

Went hunting for the day,

The animals were sedated

To make them easy prey.


Some decades in the future,

They send in droves to war

Minds numbed so much they do not know

What they are fighting for.


I guess there is a parallel;

It always has been thus.

Lemming and lamb go to their doom

With bare bones of a fuss.


While somewhere, lurking at the back,

The big beasts plan and wait,

And with syringe or bully’s whip,

Prepare more victims’ fate.


◄ Bakhmut

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 11th Mar 2023 16:54

Thank you for your kind comments and support, Keith, Graham, John C. The image of unwilling, untrained soldiers dying like animals (albeit often brave and selfless ones) haunts me. War reduces humans to a unit of mass, to a statistic, if you are lucky enough to be counted.

Thanks to Manish, John B and Rudyard for liking this.

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John Coopey

Sat 11th Mar 2023 10:03

Huge power in such a simple form, Stephen.

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Graham Sherwood

Sat 11th Mar 2023 06:33

V3 is inspired Stephen. Well done!

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keith jeffries

Fri 10th Mar 2023 19:43


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