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THERE IS A WAR

THERE IS A WAR

There is a war
A struggle of the Nile people.

The Jews claim Pharaoh started this war,
but the Jews do not fight in it
they too are casualties.

There is a war some chose to fight with guns
And others with mind.

A fierce war in the Niles and Mississippi
A crazy hatred in South Africa.

There is a war in the rivers of Mississippi
against the sons of Cush
The east cannot move to the west and feel at home.

There is a war like a ghost haunting the mind of the children
We can only pretend there is not.

A battle with a winner for generations
A war that will never end.

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The real thing. Focused, love the format. One of the better poems about war I've read in sometime.

Love the "sons of Cush". The sound is so good, With this imagery of bible tales, I think you might consider using the river Jordan in that stanza rather than the Mississippi.

.There is a war like a ghost haunting the mind of the children
We can only pretend there is not.

These lines are great. congratulations on this poem. Peace be unto you.

Eumolpus
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance
ee cummings

Thanks for the rating, but Mississippi is an intentional use to symbolize the 'African Diaspora'. The Nile is in General Africans, Black People racially abused and dealt with worldwide with unfairness.
The Jews represent the few whites who are still considered an inferior race to other whites like Caucasian, Asians and others. The war still continues dragging the apartheid instance in South Africa into focus. The Black people are believed by the Christians to be the biblical descendants of Cush the son of Noah and the first black man.

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Thanks for the rating, but Mississippi is an intentional use to symbolize the 'African Diaspora'. The Nile is in General Africans, Black People racially abused and dealt with worldwide with unfairness.
The Jews represent the few whites who are still considered an inferior race to other whites like Caucasian, Asians and others. The war still continues dragging the apartheid instance in South Africa into focus. The Black people are believed by the Christians to be the biblical descendants of Cush the son of Noah and the first black man.

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i think the people that are fighting this war with mind do better if they can fight positively,
meaning keeping the differences aside and be humanity to each other.

We Jews are not a race, we are a tribe, like the many different tribes in Africa. So in biblical times there were the Hittites, Jews and all the rest. Whereas language and culture created nations through the ages, Jews were left out. Not because we are felt to be inferior but firstly because the tribe refused to accept one of it's rabbi's as the messiah, and second for arrogance of our clan, the feeling of superiority as those "chosen by god". For that the tribe has paid dearly, enduring centuries of inquisitions and holocausts. There is now, more than ever, a schism among the Jews- those who think we have carte blanche to do anything to protect the new formed state, and those of us who do not. Let god please chose somebody else, or better, nobody at all.

I myself agree with Bob Marley-"Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war"

I'm still not totally getting the river analogy as you explain...but no matter, I love your poem.

Eumolpus
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance
ee cummings

The Mississippi according to the American History hosted Freed African slaves than any other region in the United States

Since the 1930s and the Great Migration, Mississippi has been majority white, albeit with the highest percentage of black residents of any U.S. state. From the early 19th century to the 1930s, its residents were mostly black, a population that before the American Civil War was composed largely of African American slaves. Democratic Party whites retained political power through Jim Crow laws. In the first half of the 20th century, nearly 400,000 rural blacks left the state for work and opportunities in northern and midwestern cities, with another wave of migration around World War II to West Coast cities. In 2010, 37% of Mississippians were African Americans, the highest percentage of African Americans in any U.S. state. Since gaining enforcement of their voting franchise in the late 1960s

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of a famous song in the 60's, by Phil Ochs
"Here's to the land
You tore out the heart of
Mississippi find yourself
Another country to be part of."

Perhaps in a generation or two the southern states will crawl out of the past. Progress is slow.
Half the population of Alabama would rather vote for a reactionary racist pedophile than any progressive candidate, who would not support their supremacy values. There is hope in the communication available to the young, the next generations may get the change going through the natural evolution of globalization.

Eumolpus
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance
ee cummings

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