War Games, a poem by Carol Hallman

Shall we play a game?

How about
Anyone for global thermonuclear war?
I have nukes
Can arm missiles

Mine are bigger
Badder stronger
Face my fire and fury
If you dare

Wouldn’t you prefer a nice game of chess?

How ‘bout we start
With Guam
Who needs Guam anyway

Wipe you from
The face of the map
Who cares the cost

Anyone for a nice game of chess?

Bragging leaders
Emboldened by weapons of
War and destruction
Bullies on a global scale
See the world
As their playground
People as just
Pieces to be put
In place to be told
What to do
What buttons to push
To enact the theatre
That war brings

The fallout will land
Not on them
But the poorest
Among us
The ones without
The ones in need

For them it is but a game
But for us
It is a matter of life and death

Shall we play a game?

But maybe a nice game of chess
Would be better

So many thanks to Carol for sending this in and for the hope of the last line, for the hope that we not be pawns. I would love to receive your gifts of poetry and liturgy. Please send them to giftsinopenhands@gmail.com.

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2 Responses to War Games, a poem by Carol Hallman

  1. Andrea Stoeckel says:

    Anyone of a certain age who has seen the movie “WAR GAMES” with a very young Matthew Broderick will know the imagery and questions posed very well….thank you

  2. Maren says:

    Yes, and I know much younger people who find that a cult film.

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