ANTI-WAR PRAYER
by Felix Fojas
 
Mars, unmake all future wars.
Shape thy axe into a spade,
Plow the ground and plant the seeds,
And thy shield turn into dish
To feed war-orphaned children.
 
Mars, unmake all future wars.
Indulge in some harmless sport.
Thy sacrificial altar
Is overflowing with blood
And piling up with cracked skulls.
 
Mars, unmake all future wars.
Spur not Romulus to slay
Remus for a patch of earth,
For a false creed, or to sate
His secret lust for power.
 
Mars, unmake all future wars.
Break thy mighty sword in half.
Thy horned helmet mold into
A pitcher where honey flows.
God, bless us with a golden age.
 
Manila, Philippines
Feb. 8, 1999

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