Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Let's Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War"

Let's Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War (by Edward Sanders)

Simone Weil took a train to the front
when the Civil War began in the summer of '36

She joined the ranks of an Anarchist Unit
and picked up a rifle though never fired

She suffered an injury, not from a bullet
and her parents came to her rescue

She'd been taken aback by the violence
her own side had committed

and soon published an essay
"Ne recommen├žons pas la guerre de Troie"

which I have slightly changed to
"Let's Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War"

especially now that the Air Force is insisting
on designing all-terrain cluster bombs
able to crawl and hop for miles
in search of a victim

Edward Sanders

New Letters
Volume 76, No. 1

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