Dad, I Want To Kill This War. A Letter From A Son To His Soldier Dad

Posted: March 4, 2019

Dad I am not a coward, I am a child of this soil. I will happily give my life for the sake of my flag. But if war can be stopped, why not give it a try?

Dad I heard that war kills

So, I want to kill this war

I want you to tell me how.

 

Dad last night, I saw a war movie

It left me scared to hell

I don’t know much of war

But it filled me with fear

Rustling leaves, wounded soldiers

Massive destruction, loss and horror

Veterans dying, to sleep forever

Bombs, bullets and searchlights

Planes crashing on the site

Corpses lying bare on the ground

Countries charged with war

Things spinning out of control.

 

So, dad if war is something that kills

I want to kill this war.

 

Dad you know Suzy’s father has been killed by this very war

Adam’s dad is in confinement and his fate is still unsure

Mom told me war is hell, but confinement is even worse

For only the fortunate ones come back home

And they are changed from what they once were.

 

Dad I heard that war kills

So, I want to kill this war.

 

Dad, we may win this war but what about the losses?

What did Suzy and Adam do?

They are children of heaven

Why make them children of war?

Living with the pain of death and separation

Struggling each day with a riot of emotions

War may get over one day

But will their scars ever heal away?

 

So, dad if war is something that kills

I want to kill this war.

 

Young soldiers sacrificing for the nation could be a matter of pride

Egos of statesman and countrymen may get smothered for a while

But what about the soldiers dying on the cusp of youth?

Women and children left mourning with damages large.

 

So dad if war is something that kills

I want to kill this war.

 

Dad I am not a coward,

I am a child of this soil,

I will happily give my life for the sake of my flag

But if war can be stopped, why not give it a try?

Religion or state can’t challenge our sanity

You taught me nothing is above humanity

Dad I refuse to let war consume my mind

For I am still not out of my mind

Dad forgive me for my words

I am just scared of seeing things getting worse

I am sorry for being a little selfish

For wanting the war to stop

For I have nightmares of you getting shot

I don’t want to live with a story of your valour

I want to rejoice in your company today and forever.

 

So, dad if war is something that kills

I want to kill this war

I want you to tell me how.

 

You are not a coward, my son

You want peace to outshine

You can feel others’ pain

Making my heart swell with pride

Having a wise child like you

Is half the battle won!

In case I am not back

I know, you will forgive me my son!

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