Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ugly truth

There is more beauty in ugly truth
than in made-up gloss for fools

where war is but talking points,
or just one of nations' tools,

or finding heroes to annoint
whose roughness we choose to smooth.

It's ugly truth that should stop the bull
that sends more men to die

and kill ever more innocent ones
whose babies we never hear cry,

who never themselves had held a gun
— and that is beautiful.

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placed in Poets United Think Tank #20: The ugly that is beautiful