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Robinson Jeffers - So Many Blood-Lakes

We have now won two world-wars, neither of which concerned us, we were 
slipped in. We have levelled the powers
Of Europe, that were the powers of the world, into rubble and 
dependence. We have won two wars and a third is comming.

This one--will not be so easy. We were at ease while the powers of the 
world were split into factions: we've changed that.
We have enjoyed fine dreams; we have dreamed of unifying the world; we 
are unifying it--against us.

Two wars, and they breed a third. Now gaurd the beaches, watch the 
north, trust not the dawns. Probe every cloud.
Build power. Fortress America may yet for a long time stand, between the 
east and the west, like Byzantium.

--As for me: laugh at me. I agree with you. It is a foolish business to 
see the future and screech at it.
One should watch and not speak. And patriotism has run the world through 
so many blood-lakes: and we always fall in.

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Poet: Robinson Jeffers
Poem: So Many Blood-Lakes
Year: Published/Written in 1944
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