Vowing on Books of War
“Arjuna, fight the battle!”
Cried Krishna, thousands to slay.
Family and friends destroyed each other,
Yet duty was honored and obeyed
Yahweh’s call for genocide
was an answer to Israeli prayer:
“Slay both man and woman,
“infant and suckling”, no one spare!
Islam’s Holy hadith
is also very grim:
“Whoever changes his Islamic faith,”
“then [surely you shall] kill him.”
Allusions to great ancient poems,
religion put to verse,
can stir men to horrible actions
and serve as an abiding curse.
How long shall we make promises –
our hands on books of war?
When shall we seek understanding
and strangers no longer abhor?
— by Sabio Lantz, 11/16/12
Notes: Victoria Slotto, over at d’Verse Poets Pub, prompted us to write a poem which alludes to an existing literary work. The following recent news items inspired my allusions:
- Hamas Muslims and Israeli Jews slam each other with missiles.
- Mumbai comes to standstill as, right-wing Hindu nationalist, Bal Thackeray‘s health deteriorated.
- An American congress woman, Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, chose to swear in to office on a Hindu Holy Text — the Bhagavad Gita [“Song of the Lord”].
- Islamic Hadith: Sahih al-Buhkari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 260, also see Qur’an 4:91; 3:151
- Hindu Bhagavad Gita: Chptr 2: 17-18, note: “Arjuna” is the descendant of Bharata.
- Christian and Jewish Bible: 1 Samuel 15:3