Way of the Warrior

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The way of the warrior is only honorable

in defense of oneself or others

Not for the theft of nations –

the rape of neighbors –

the acquisition of slaves –

the burning of babes

To follow a fool into battle

is to be a fool

To be led by those with greed

against lesser foes with need

you must sacrifice your soul

as fodder

Tell me, my people

when to the Great Spirit

your voices call

Does He answer?

Or does He turn in shame?

© JW Thomas

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8 thoughts on “Way of the Warrior

  1. Mary Cathleen Clark May 19, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I think He turns in shame quite often these days, and if nations and man don’t mend their ways, there may come a day He doesn’t turn back.

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  2. Mary Cathleen Clark May 19, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I so enjoy your Native American poetry, my friend. It feels like I’m listening to a wise chief imparting his knowledge.
    I’m a little behind on blog reading, but am glad this one didn’t sneak by me. 🙂

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    • jwtatfbc May 19, 2016 / 9:57 pm

      That’s okay, my friend. I figured you would catch it at your regular time. And thank you for the compliment. With all my experience I guess at least a little wisdom had to rub off… ha ha

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 19, 2016 / 10:02 pm

        Yes, it did. And I’m sure you’ve helped others in need with that knowledge–you’re that kind of guy, JW.
        I had so many notifications built up, I stopped by to clean out my mailbox a bit before doing some writing business.

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      • jwtatfbc May 19, 2016 / 10:04 pm

        Well, I’m glad you did. And I hope you get your writing stuff taken care of. And I’ll look forward to our discussions later, my friend; either here or on another forum.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 19, 2016 / 10:06 pm

        Yes, I’ll talk to you later on, my wonderful friend. Have a marvelous afternoon. 🙂

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