Beware, beware of the conquerers.

But also of the conquered,

and the blood that still stains our streets.

Do you remember Germany

after World War I,

Russia after the Cold War,

the South

after the Civil War?

Some arguments never die,

but are reborn and recast

with new actors

playing the same part,

using the same old script.

I don’t want your outworn ideas;

tell me something new.

Tell me you feel my child’s heartbeat,

as he lies here dying

because you loved the play

more than beauty itself.

Tell me you made the bullets

the tanks, and the bombs

knowing that this day would finally come,

that we would pay the price for the war inside you.

Give me a different ending.

Tell me a new play.

© Ramin Gillett