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Honour The Good Living

Honour the good living and respect the dead
And learn from the past as a wise one once said
Though many leaders never learn from history
Wise people do not become political leaders it does seem to me,
The war supposed to end all wars was fought decades ago
and still the numbers of the war dead does grow
The war like leaders war before peace do choose
But of war it is said that even winners do lose
Of love of their Country some are known to brag
Though such people carry their pride in a flag
Patriotic fervour the path to war lead
And less of Nationalism in the World we do need
We should learn from the past and then look ahead
And honour the good living and respect the dead.
Francis Duggan

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Gone With The Wind


“Fiddle-dee-dee, ” said Scarlett, fearing that the war
would spoil her fun, and cause her to be bored.
Fred Crane played Brent, a part we can’t ignore,
though smaller than of she whom he adored.
There was a brother with whom Brent was twinned,
the actor became Superman and gave
my street it’s name, though not “Gone With the Wind, ”
because a gunshot sent him to his grave.

Inspired by an obituary of Fred Crane, the actor who had the opening lines in “Gone With the Wind, ” wooing Scarlett O’Hara (Dennis McLellan, “Actor wooed Scarlet in “Gone With the Wind, ” LA Times, August 23,2008) :

As Brent Tarleton, one of Scarlett O'Hara's young suitors, Crane spoke the opening lines in the film in a scene on the front porch of Tara with Leigh as Scarlett and George Reeves as his twin, Stuart. 'What do we care if we were expelled from college, Scarlett? ' he says. 'The war is gonna start any day now, so we would have left school anyhow.' After Brent and Stuart express their excitement over the prospect of a fight with the Yankees, Scarlett replies: 'Fiddle-dee-dee. War, war, war. This war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream.'… Although he played Brent Tarleton in the film, the screen credits mistakenly list Crane as playing Stuart Tarleton, said Crane's son David. The film's first scene was remade three times, the first time after the Tarleton twins' dyed red hair was deemed too curly. The second time came when the film's Southern technical advisor objected to Scarlett's low-cut dress in the scene, saying that a girl her age would not be showing so much 'bosom' that early in the day. Crane also appeared in four other scenes in the movie, including the smoking-room scene where Rhett Butler (Gable) lectures the men about the South's poor odds in fighting a war with the North. To which Crane's character responds, 'What difference does that make, sir, to a gentleman? ' In making the film, Crane and Reeves became good friends, and Reeves served as Crane's best man at his first wedding in 1940. Years after Reeves, who gained fame as TV's ' Superman, ' died in 1959 from a gunshot wound that was ruled a suicide, Crane said he believed 'someone shot him to death.' Ann Rutherford, who played Scarlett's sister Carreen, told The Times on Friday that Crane and Reeves 'did not look exactly alike, but they were both gorgeous as young men. They were extremely attractive.'

gershon hepner

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In Future Times

In future times there will not be war like people aggressive people will be of the past
the glorification of war which has gone on for centuries is something that is not destined to last
The peaceful people they will be the rulers and there will be a time of World harmony
Of the dark energy of those who divide and conquer some future generation will live free,
This war of us and they won't last forever for everything does have it's use by date
There will come a time in the not distant future when war men we will not celebrate
When only those for peace will be elected into the important possessions of power
And the rose of peace all but dead and forgotten will bloom again as the World's most lovely flower,
'The enemy' that is a well worn cliche that war men to the opposites apply
They sully the nice word of patriotism when their humanity of those who oppose them they deny
Time is running out for the war loving people they had their innings 'twould be fair to say
They had their chance to make the World a safer place to live in a chance that they seemed glad to throw away
But in future times there will not be war like people for those for peace will have the final say
As they are the people destined to be rulers and the rose of peace will bloom again one day.
Francis Duggan

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Another War?

Another War?

The young prime minister is declaring war he looks righteous and
proud, his historical moment....We fight for the Libyan people,
but something disturbs me, the braying for one man’s blood.
The excitement of going to war, this lust for action sits deep in our
mind, jingoism brings its own political reward.
A just war? The man Kaddafi is an odious bully and oil supply must
be secured. But is it not also a selective war? People are being killed
in Yemen, an oil poor country; why not declaring war against their
repellent autocrat?
For now the Israeli are busy building settlements on occupied land,
they know a democratic Middle East will shift the balance of power,
a united Arab world will demand it. So let the war commence, but
I regret our leaders look of, almost, sexual excitement when issuing
orders kill the enemy.
oskar hansen

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