An anti-war sonnet

(from 2004-2005)

Old men, not young, should go to war.
The young are fearless, older men
have learned acceptance.  Even when
They’re faced with death, it cannot mar
The record of the life they’ve led.
They’ll fight with calm, the almost dead.
Young men will often go too far,
Old men, not young, should go to war.

But, soft, that argument is wrong.
Old men enjoy a summer’s day
As much as any callow youth.
Young men, though fearless, brave, and strong,
Need time for laughter and for play.
We all should stay at home, in truth.