Lovers lost to bombs, tanks, cannon fire and guns
Earth covering the wounds where bitter hearts’ blood runs
Salt whitened bodies hurled from broken ships
‘The Missing’ whispered tenderly on families’ lips
Whose hopeless words bring no relief or peace
Except in dreamless sleep or death they cease.
Forgotten now, the fractured promises and lies
Of ‘war to end all wars’, while still we hear the cries
Reverberating through our world as son or daughter dies
Ground into alien earth for ‘overseas contingencies’.
Euphemisms of war proliferate
The usual meaning – to eliminate.