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    Wilfred Owen: We Are Still Deaf



    By Ada Aharoni

    Dear Wilfred Owen
       you sang
          you warned
             you died
    and we are still deaf.

    Our sons’ teeth
    are still for laughing
    round an apple,
    yet now we tie
    not only bayonet-blades to them
    but also super Super Sams.
    Their trembling limbs
    are not only knife-skewed nowadays
    but Napalm-roasted beyond recognition –
    we have come a long way
    in the killing game.
    Wilfred Owen, you shouted:
    the absurdity of war
    the pity of war!
    and we are still deaf.

    Yet your poems tolling loud
    for those who still die as cattle,
    roaring loud against deaf drums –
    are white flags waving:
    The day will come before time falls from the clock,
    when war will be a demoded anachronism.

    Wilfred Owen, you sang, you warned,
    you cried, you died,
    and we are still deaf, so deaf,
       stupidly, stupidly deaf.


    See also: Peace Poet Wilfred Owen (Peace Poetry workshop lecture)


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