“Where have all the flowers gone?”

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Sunday is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, when fighting ceased, bringing an end to WWI. It was called the war to end all wars, but sadly we see conflicts and wars continue throughout the world. Some say war is Hell and I would tend to agree. Many brave soldiers lost their lives on the battlefield. The horrific atrocities that occurred were unimaginable. Our leaders have not learned from our past. The division in our country can only lead to further conflict in our own back yard. We must learn how to agree to disagree and move beyond our personal power trips. We must stop sending our best young people to slaughter in ongoing wars of our own making.

Armistice Day ink
Brings an end to bloody war
November snow falls
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Frank Tassone reminded us that tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of  the end of WWI. The Armistice signed ended the fighting and killing that had raged on for years. He asked us to write a Haikai poem that mention Armistice Day.
Join us at: https://frankjtassone.com/2018/11/10/haikai-challenge-60-11-10-18-armistice-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

Tomorrow is also Frank’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Frank!!

Photo: Dwight L. Roth    Title from Pete Seeger song:  “Were have all the flowers gone?”

History

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History

Word of mouth stories

Passed down through centuries

Of human kind

Representing events and actions

Showing how critical choices

Helped or harmed men and women

Of diverse origins and cultures

Recording these events as history

Chosen and written for

Future generations to read

And imagine what actually happened

That was not told or only inferred

Wondering in their minds what

Layers of history were not recorded

Significant portions lost in the dust of time.

We pick and choose the history

Our children and grandchildren

Read and learn from…

The successes and mistakes

Of the past are there to help

Them learn and avoid

Repeating the evils men do.

Sadly few ever learn from the past

History continues to repeat itself

Generation after generation

Calling to mind the haunting question

Pete Seeger so simply asked…

“When will they ever learn

When will they… ever learn…”

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth