Haiku on War and Peace

Haiku On War And Peace

8:15 a.m.
August 6, 1945 —
frozen in time

Sadako Peace Day —
we gather to remember
the innocent children

Nuclear arrogance
wreaked havoc in the Pacific —

Vietnam —
we both chose not to fight there
why kill peasants?

Lieutenant Calley
slaughtered peasants at My Lai —
that’s the way war rolls

The Vietnam War
left a stain on America —
remember My Lai

Eighteen years ago
the U.S. invaded Iraq —
shock but not awe

Israelis and
Palestinians at war
yet again

It is the children
who suffer most in war –
stop the shooting

Nuclear arrogance
threatens our very future —
time to wake up

Nuclear weapons
if something can go wrong it will –
no one is perfect

Nuclear roulette —
a gun pointed at the heart
of humanity

War with sticks and stones,
spears, swords, bows and arrows, bombs —
where does progress end?

It was nothing like
Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow —
still we shivered

So many reasons
why war is wrong – peace
is for the people

Throughout history
there has been far too much war —
when will we ever learn?

David Krieger is president emeritus of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org).