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 . . .

 

Peace

Milton

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