Why make sense of war? 4-24-05

Quite an eye opener. Part of the course. Based on Journey to the Underworld by Susan O'Neill

Why make sense of war?

I think it is necessary,

Back into nursing history,

Reading a nursing military story,

What a vision, I saw, described by words.

In hindsight, told by the nurse, enlightening.

A country torn by war,

The survival of all,

The social, the personal, the human kindness,

One side militarily superb,

The other, not so,

Yet, the war lingered on and on.

Why make sense of war?

I think it is necessary,

Treating patients, friend and foe,

Foes, tunnels, living by their wits,

Each side, fighting for their goals,

It's a wonder any good came of this.

But as I was a bystander,

At the time, I think four,

I will try to make sense of it all.

Why make sense of war?

I think it is necessary,

Towards first to understand,

The cold, hard facts,

The results and statistics of the war,

Then the personal stories,

Of the survivors and the dead,

Of the nurses who were on the front line,

Being quite human themselves.

Why make sense of war?

I think it is necessary.