• advent journal: loaded metaphor

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    in the story of america

    war is the primary metaphor

    we see life as a battle

    conquest as a mission

    we’re number one, remember?


    we live our lives locked

    and loaded, ready for battle

    our words are bullets

    intent on doing damage

    in the name of faith and


    freedom: we must defend

    our right to be right

    the cost of the conquest

    goes largely unnoticed

    we are killing ourselves


    yelling ourselves to death

    we have chosen a metaphor

    that knows nothing of poetry

    or compassion, we shoot

    and never get to the question:


    war — what is it good for?

    absolutely nothing

    say it again . . .





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    2 Responses to advent journal: loaded metaphor

    1. Molly Francis
      December 20, 2013 at 12:51 am

      This reminded me of a quote from my favorite TV show, White Collar–“violence requires no creativity.” It’s true.

    2. December 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      This choir member is singing to the top of my lungs that I agree with you!

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