Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Flanking Maneuvers"

This poem came out of the November 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.


"Flanking Maneuvers"


War has always been a race
between offense and defense,
attack and protection.

Technology evolves, and
tactics change in response.

The sword gives way to the lance,
the lance to the bow and arrow,
the bow to the rifle, and even
the rifle in turn to the drones.

What was once intimate
has become impersonal,
death ordered up wholesale
as if from the Devil's catalog.

But time turns like
the wheels of a gunwagon,
as inexorable as it is infinite:

everything that is invented
can be defeated.

The drones are vulnerable
through their operators,
ensconced in bunkers
but not as formidable
as footsoldiers.

The equipment, too, is
delicate and expensive,
simple to destroy with
a glass of lemonade or even
a few well-placed firecrackers.

These are the flanking maneuvers
of history, shaping the nature of combat.

The old dragon takes
his tail in his teeth,
and the ways of war
change again.

Once more it depends on
putting the boots on the ground.
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