‘English Wars’ by Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta

English Wars

What I have learned from my world history is that the Anglos/Yanks/Euros were/are always fighting many wars – The True Wonders of this World!

The US calls it the Vietnam War,
The Vietnamese call it the US war.
The US calls it the Iraq war,
The Iraqis call it the US war.
The Koreans call it the US war.

Who makes them, names them.
Who they make them on, names them too – still

We can’t call them all American
Wars either: For the Yaghan by Antarctic
Tierra Del Fuego upto the Inuit by the Arctic
Have never invaded us, or plan to.
And Haitiano, Boliviano, Cubano and Venezuelano
Were Americans before Americans were Americans
(as those West Injuns who were Injuns
Long Before East Injuns!)

The English called them the Kandyan wars
We call them the English Wars,
The Dutch Wars, the Portuguese Wars.

I can see the English have a problem
with English: They fight so many wars
They can’t call them all English
War I, English War II, English War III.
They’d soon be past numbering
English War Two Zero One One – 2011!

The English are always fighting wars
Any given time. Any given place.
Wars they don’t call wars. Wars
Sometimes even called natural
Disasters!

And even as they bomb they sing
So sweet. Sing a song of democracy (discounted
for the dollar). Sing a song of human rights
(hedged on epidermis).

War War War! Wah Wah Wah!
Here then are the first and last cries
Of this English baby
Polybellicose perverse
Trying to sound this world out.
War! War! War! Wah! Wah! Wah!

Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta
September 21, 2010

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