so many

so many lives have been offered for
borders, constitutions, ideals, and religions
the number of corpses must have fallen short
for there is still a need to fight–to destroy–to kill

so many soldiers have died
some with honor
some in disgrace

so many civilians have killed and
many more have died
but they lack a tomb for the unknown

so many years since

hominids became humans
developing societies and cultures and dreams

so many years have provided the opportunity for some to be socialized to destroy humanity

so many years and roving bands of demented cause seekers have pressed the dream of civilized creatures deep into the dirt–the mud–the crust of the earth

so many years and some of us are foolish enough to dream of peace

how many years are left for dreaming

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.