The War to End All
by Ronald Wallace

       "War in Iraq to get new name to reflect change."
                            Headline, The Washington Post on-line

It's nice to know the Pentagon
believes in the power of words,
that even a suicide bomb
is no match for a few good verbs
or a carefully drafted noun
or adjective in the suburbs
of Baghdad, Fallujah, Kirkuk, Mamoon.
How nothing so much preserves

the peace as the friendly fire of a phrase.
Let "Northern Watch" replace "Desert Storm,"
Let "Iraqi Freedom" be "Operation New Dawn,"
and the war's in a bright new phase!
Give us "surgical strike" and "collateral damage!"
Give us words for arms, we're dying for verbiage!

Copyright © 2010 - Ronald Wallace
Published: 3/11/10   ·  Author's Page   ·  Next Poem