once again, tears

missiles fly
tears fall

once socialized is
handed down through generations
endlessly sanctioned

brother kills brother
neighbors kill neighbors
nations destroy nations
any excuse will do

god’s will
manifest destiny
the domino effect

“Let there be peace on earth”
is the dream of many
perhaps most

whatever the cause
the effect is the same
missiles fly
tears fall

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.