Losses in War

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Throughout history
rulers made plans
to go to war
for god, gain, glory,
the only righteous cause
defending the homeland
from foreign invasion.
Soldiers die
doing their duty,
obeying orders,
right or wrong,
from arrogant leaders
frequently unconcerned
with the lives of their troops.

 

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Gary Beck

Gary has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. His chapbook Remembrance was published by Origami Condom Press, The Conquest of Somalia was published by Cervena Barva Press, The Dance of Hate was published by Calliope Nerve Media and Material Questions was published by Silkworms Ink. His novel Extreme Change was published by Cogwheel Press. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. He currently lives in New York City.

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