Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Question to Superhero Fight Club 2.0 
While mothers cry for fallen heroes 
A band of superheroes are in training 


The Question (villaelle) 

Sweet mothers of sons why is it you weep
A question arose as tears gently passed
The visions of old have all gone to sleep
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Their silent response were flowers they reap
Which winds would sweep up confusion amassed
Sweet mothers of sons why is it you weep
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There was a time when actions ran deep
And mothers found purpose in heroes cast
The visions of old have all gone to sleep
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Now things of the past seem worthless or cheap
For food of our gutters some gave their last
Sweet mothers of sons why is it you weep
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Their highways to hope now fears daily sweep
Excuses are made for reasons so vast
The visions of old have all gone to sleep
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So winds turn to you some honor to keep
A question whose answer not seen the last
Sweet mothers of sons why is it you weep
The visions of old have all gone to sleep 


A empty comfort rings out in this villanelle. What I like most about the villanelle form is that it hammers home the key points. It does this through strict repetition of key sentences. In this villanelle's case: we have mothers who have lost a son to war and a change in values (or the loss of dreams). 

I was a young man during the time of the Vietnam War. I was very popular. so it was only natural for a few people that I knew to be taken by the war. I still recall the news. Our leaders telling us how important the war was, how vital it was that we should be there, how good we were doing (that's why we lost). When I was older I was involved in youth activities: coaching, the Masonic youth. My successes brought me close to some of the families I served. 7 of my boys died while serving in the Middle East. Maybe it was my age, or the tears of their mothers, or that I watched them grow, but I felt worse for these 7 than all those had lost to the Vietnam War. Then I find out that our leaders had lied to us. 58,220 heroes had died for nothing. 

I know I am preaching to the choir when I say I don't like, I hate war. It's not just the dying and suffering. It's the confusion of it all: the lies, the egos, the profiteering, the madness. And the rules of warfare are changing. Civilians are now a legitimate target. But, let's not forget the 2 atom bombs dropped on Japanese cities. Have we stopped to notice: how expensive life has gotten, how many freedoms we have lost since America came under attack? What can I do, we may be asking. Be an instrument of change. We may not be leaders but we can help. We can vote. We can contact our leaders. We can attend council meetings. We can keep ourselves informed. The point is: We Can. We can be an instrument of change. One day there will be no more war and it all started with us. Now take this dream of ours and Enjoy. 


To help us remember: Roger Williams "The Green Leaves Of Summer" 

When there is world peace there will be no need for superheroes - 

So let's enjoy them now 


The Justice League was conceived by writer Gardner Fox, and first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #28, published in August–September 1955. When the members of the Justice League are not battling evil they keep themselves fit and ready. They do this at the neighborhood fight club. 
In this workout session Supergirl is being initiated to fight club. "Superhero Fight Club 2.0 | The CW" 

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Wars are poor chisels 
for carving out peaceful tomorrows. 
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

10 comments:

  1. Ywp, war is stupid in every way. Greedy sobs bring it about more and more, them and the religious nuts.

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    1. ...and the list goes on and on...
      I can feel your frustration
      Thank you for expressing it

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  2. There are no winners in war. Losers and bigger losers. And some who become obscenely wealthy. And as still losers as far as I am concerned.

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    1. Another frustrated voice
      Thank you for you expressing the feelings of so many

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  3. wars are caused by losers ,selfish scoundrels who care for nothing but the power they want to hod their positions and status that matters for them ,people they chose to play with are just puppets in their hands .still i believe that day will come when puppets will say NO to participate

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    1. Thank you for this fabulous expression of the feelings of many.
      I believe in the day...

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  4. Wars come at a great cost. Your poem and words are very moving.

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