Thursday, December 10, 2009

Peace Medal in the Time of War

The words shimmer out
Like dark coins from Norway.
They roll across my floor
With irony,
Thrown like
A handful of silver
At the feet of a sinner.

December 10, 2009
Betsy McKenzie

On the occasion of President Obama's speech receiving the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after his decision to increase American troops in Afghanistan.

Here is a link to a wonderful website with poems by soldiers and other members of the armed services. It includes poems from as far back as WWI, the famous guys like Rupert Brooke, Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, but this link takes you to contemporary poets speaking from Afghanistan.

The image of the Nobel Peace Prize medal is courtesy of http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/medal.html


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