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And when you said, Mr Clauswitz
By Michael Smith
Axis of Logic
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2005

And when you said, Mr Clauswitz

War is politics by another means,
you gave
to something destined to fall
bloodied, and come limping back,
an equal footing,
a legitimate feel
to that which is nothing but
a failure of the politic;
a failure of the patience; of the memory;
of the foresight,
of all of us - not just the tyrant. So try this one on your dusty tongue -
Peace is politics,
                           by every means

Michael Smith is a Brussel-based writer with work published in numerous UK poetry magazines. See his poem In A London Park During Wartime published on Axis of Logic earlier this year.