Because I was the sickle,
I am now the husk.
Sown from man’s inhumanity,
Unum, e pluribus.

Now you negotiate
after so much unnecessary loss.
Lives irrevocably changed
at unimaginable cost.

Leave us out of your next foray,
“Diplomacy by violent means.”
The vices of the powerful
yield intolerable extremes.

M. Zane McClellan

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