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Author: Josef Lesser
Location: New South Wales, Australia

After retiring from full-time employment, Josef commenced writing poetry in order to share his thoughts of life and the world. His poems have been published internationally in print magazines, anthologies and online journals. He lives with his wife on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia. Email: jmlesser@ozemail.com.au

love & war

love climbed the belfry stairs
lost count but at the very top
surveyed, not being blind
possessed with perfect sight
love spied a choir of
sparrows singing psalms
conducted by the breeze
a boy child building on the beach
his mother looking pleased,

war asthmatic in the chest
struggled weary up the
same steep stairs, myopic
possessed with blood-shot
eyes, ‘lend me your vision
love’ war decreed and viewed
a group of sparrows mute
a boy child dead beside the sea
his mother looking --------

‘if only we could swap our optic
heritage my love’ I like what I
perceive, if only if only
and so the battle rages
only a half-built castle in the sand.

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