Today's Beautiful Gem: `Men Write on Wars' by M. Udayakala.

"Great epics are chronicles of great wars;
Great epics are chronicles of weapons;
Chronicles of the killers and the killed;
Even God condones: "you don't kill; I do!"

"War is not a sport to show off skills learnt;
War is serious-- ve-ry ve-ry serious!
Lives are lost and wives do cry helplessly;
Blood drops fly and tear drops fall needlessly.

"Why're men fascinated with dreadful wars?
Why're men preoccupied with wanton waste?
Men nev'r consult us, the wives and mothers;
We're left behind to mourn, grieve and suffer!

"Men fight in terrible wars and perish;    
Victors or vanquished-- men still write on wars;
Please write on peace, o poets, please write on love!
Please write on hope, o bards, please write on joy!

"There're no winners in wars; all are losers;
Losers of youth, alas, losers of life!
Sit and talk to understand and act;
Let us wage peace, not war-- never again!"

Om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao