(for 30 poems in November)
Hitler ignored advice and
The soldiers who were too frightened,
dug their own graves.
Soldiers shot them and
Jews who were traitors.
“How do you ask a soldier
to murder?” one soldier asked.
for every German soldier killed
one hundred civilians will be shot.
every captured Russian commissar
will be finished off with a weapon.
“It was an order to murder.
There is no other word for it,” a German officer said
“How do you ask a soldier to murder?”
In Vietnam a lieutenant asked
about civilians gathered in a hamlet.
The captain ordered,
“Kill anything that moves.”
In an ethical war, who can you kill?
Who is the enemy in a world of enemies?