D’a-lal (bronze, 1929) by Harold Cash
photo by Jesus Crisis outside the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga on 13 July 2007

I sit in bed
My head awander
And wonder
What if?…

What if war were a woman?

Would she wage herself weak
And warped
Or work to be worthy of a new name
Like Nadia
Russian for hope
And nurture her née name into nada
Never to return?

Would we wee men still burn?

And if war were a woman
Would she even exist?
And how then
Would we wee men survive

To be pissed?

[poem by Jesus Crisis, 21 June 2008]