27 Oct 2016 – What Will They Say?

What will they say then, having reckoned lives
of little children so much paper trash,
inconsequential, fire poured from skies
without discrimination, in a flash –
consumed before they even had a chance
to look up from their desks, much less to fear –
as certainly their teachers did, and – blanched –
at roaring sounds of rockets in their ears.
What will they say then? “We did this for God?”
“For King and Country?” “Did it for the pay?”
“How funny you should even ask – how odd –
who cares? This all was very far away!”