A timely piece with all the political and military tension all over the world.
In response to Sidney Keyes’s “War Poet”
“War Poet” is a simple poem I believe Sidney Keyes used to show that he was not meant for the battle field and that it wasn’t his decision to be on it. I believe it is also his interpretation of what happens when War and Poetry mix together- the risk of insanity and thus his wasted potential. “Pen VS Bullets” plays with the two possible decisions Sidney could have made along with the difficulties of both decisions to bring to light the struggles of war.
All my life, my pen has been my protector.
I wasn’t one who knew how to use anything else nor believed anything could defend me better than words –which I used as an armour.
So, imagine the confusion I felt when someone had used a pen to uproot the lives of others, forgoing it as a protector.
Trust upon me was the decision to be like all men my age, dawn on courage for the sake of my country, the future of its people and ultimately peace.
Trust upon me was the fact that such a decision could lead to my death and hence the death of a man for a cause he did not wholeheartedly believe in, or better still in which its solution, he did not wholeheartedly believe in.
Trust upon me was years of rehabilitation, the possibility of insanity and thus lost potential.
Yet on the other side,
Present was the decision to abandon my country when she and my people needed me most.
Present was the opportunity to grow as a writer but the threat of insanity from the guilt that would come knocking on my doors.
Will my pen see me through the end of this dilemma?