If they attack, by all means
Make the generations suffer, pour poison
Into their wells, pollute their wheatfields
So not even the rats will feel at home.
Kill their boys, rape their mothers,
Make slaves of their little girls.
War is ugly, so me, so you,
So dustbound. But if it must be, best
Come out on top intact. Who knows?
A few heart-felt prayers, who knows
How deeds gain their perspective.
If you solemnly not to do it again
I’ll stop them throwing stones.
Lady, what’s it gonna be?