poetry by j matthew waters

the prince and the peacemaker

the children are being watched
by men with weapons
acting as protectors
from foreign forces

they volunteer as escorts
for the elders
protecting them from snipers
and negotiators with knives

it’s easy getting educated
at such a young age
quickly picking up maps
and languages
of many legions

as long as they refrain
from strapping on suicide packs
their prophesy of negotiating
lasting peace
will one day ring true

march two thousand thirteen
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5 thoughts on “the prince and the peacemaker

  1. I wrote a piece in 2011 that I would love to share with you Matthew. This one felt like you were there too…I enjoy this work and I am thrilled by how much this resounds…

    Keep well my friend!

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