The Embrace of War

The Eloquent Atheist is extremely pleased to welcome Jay Strisak, one of our favorite poets, back to the pages of our little on-line magazine. Click on his name above, and you will be greeted by his older work, which is well worth reading. As far as the new one goes, no poem could be bad when the first line is “The whore of war opens her needle scarred arms…” Click on “Read On” to see the complete poem.

The whore of war opens her needle scarred arms,
To beckon young men horny for action.

She whispers “war is the best game in town,
And you can play with very big toys.”

Winners get medals and cheers from the old folks,
Losers may not come home whole, or not at all.

The game asks forfeits, arms or legs, or worse,
Sometimes a boy’s sanity and awful dreams.

What excitement!  Hunting animals can’t compare,
To having your fellow man in your scope.

Sometime he looks like your brother,
But he’s evil, the generals told you so.

So close your eyes and pull that trigger,
It seems so many are proud of you.

Kiss the war whore. virgin warrior,
Now you’re a man… if you live.

About Jay R. Strisik

Born in Brooklyn 83 years ago (but people say I look weeks younger). I am one of those lucky older Earthlings who retains most of my physical and mental abilities, at least for the rest of the month. I started writing in high school, stopped and started many times. I have completed about five or six book length novels and non-fiction. The last few years I have also written about seventy poems, and about thirty-five short stories. I self-publish for my friends who then become enemies. I credit my current burst of activity to the East Valley Writers Group, we meet Sunday nights at Borders in Mesa I have published a few short stories in obscure places.. My undergraduate life was at New York University, interrupted by WWII (the world is often rude). I spent four years in the Air Force then back to college at Ramapo, finally mastering in Social Work at Columbia University. I worked for over twenty years in the family business, a rope and twine distributor, then into social work. My degree is in industrial social work and I have lectured to several thousand folks on job finding techniques. My wife Georgia lets me live with her in Gilbert, AZ. We have two married children and three grands. We attend meetings of the humanists from time to time, but are not into organized anything. This is too long and keeping me from my computer.....bye.

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