We Never Learn

Dear readers,

I wrote this poem years ago, around about the time the second Gulf War began. As you’ll see, the first line of the poem includes the name of the poet Wilfred Owen, who I was studying at the time for my A-Levels. His poems boded well at the time; which highlighted the social class power struggles in the army, as well as the realities of war.


We Never Learn

Wilfred Owen

Wrote many-a-poem

About the war to end all wars.

Yet a hundred years on,

Since the banks of the Somme,

We still commit the same blood-stained flaws.

Nothing has been learned

Yet everything has been lost

To the voice of power and a bullet from a gun.

Resentment grows

To where the blood and money flows,

Yet it’s a scene we re-run and re-run and re-run.

Arms are sold,

The pillars remain in place,

While the surviving cannon fodder saunter back to their abodes.

Grass grows back,

Bridges are rebuilt,

Then we wait for peace to again corrode.

Fangs are shown,

Flags are flown,

And the media drops bombs of sensationalism.

Rifles are loaded,

Battle lines are drawn,

As we return to the haunts of nihilism.


About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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