How very sweet the roses smell
In the evening setting sun
As round a garden table sat
We drink fine wine and tales we tell.
Recalling things of little worth
As chat one does with friends
A little quiet spot we’ve found
Our peaceful place on Earth.
And yet – for others Hell will rain
As bombs fall from the sky
They’re simply people just like us
Caught up, in wars insane.
Such violence is the modern tone
And innocence lives no more
Where far away yet more will die
As they yield to anonymous drone.
And now the roses seem so bitter
A trifle in the scheme
While children fall to violence
And get scattered like so much litter…
©Joe Wilson – Bittersweet…2016