Gary Beck

Homo Homini Lupus

In the lowlands of Mozambique

a new technology of war,

the child soldier, swept Africa

and later the rest of the world.

The immature killing machines

sliced their way through the villages

bringing fire and destruction

to the innocent in their path.

For the warlords seeking plunder

children were the perfect weapon,

fearless and manipulable

and the most important reason,

they came in an endless supply


Once the young killers were unleashed

on the local population,

who were only considered prey,

they murdered relentlessly,

never concerned with hearts and minds,

not needing popular support,

just approval from their masters

for carrying out their orders,

to inflict bloody massacres

on the targets they selected.

These were not hallowed warriors

respected by those they protected.

For them there will be no parades.

No trumpets will sing their praises.

If they are even remembered,

it will be with pity or hate.

Gary Beck's poetry has appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His chapbook, 'Remembrance' was published by Origami Press, 'The Conquest of Somalia', was published by Cervena Barva Press. A collection of poems 'Days of Destruction' is being published by Skive Press. His recent fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off-Broadway.

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