They came to Marzabotto
on a crisp September morn
and killed them all
men, women, children, babies, priests
for, you see, there was resistance
and this is war
and we are entitled to defend ourselves
against terrorists.

They did it with their own hands
burned the village and the church
burned the bodies
left the corpses
then sat on the ground
for lunch

Partisans are shooting at us
and this is a reprisal!
Did it matter that so many
were under ten?
It did not
This is terror. This is war.

“We are entitled to defend ourselves!”
but we no longer need bloody our hands
Now we push a button and play Warcraft
targeting from the skies;
after all, they are still resisting
as best they can.

Yes it is regrettable that children die
and women, and old men
long past their prime
We didn’t mean to kill them
they were probably human shields
It’s not our fault
we bear no guilt.
It is they who are resisting.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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