‘Give And Take’ by Damian Robin The Society May 30, 2014 Culture, Poetry 2 Comments Our ends and deaths sit with us all the time defining executioners and crime; and though we try to keep them from our door, many killings lie within the Law— are even processed as a human chore. Killing resonates a moral negative, but it’s a soldier’s job to take and give: take away the lives that try to end the social core the soldier must defend— and give their total being to that end. To fight with modern martial artist’s skills and know civilians fall within your kills must be contemplated with compassion— such give and take is part of heaven’s ration. Damian Robin is poet living in England. He works for an international newspaper and a bilingual magazine. He lives with his wife and three children. He is winner of Second Place in The Society of Classical Poets’ 2014 Poetry Competition. Featured Image: “Conquest” by Edmund Blair Leighton (1852-1922). Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 2 Responses Kenneth Kenigsberg May 30, 2014 The last stanza of this poem is very troublesome. It makes for the killing of innocents an excuse; more, it even makes the act commendable, admirable. The sin of murder being pictured as heroic is itself a sin. Reply Terence Marin June 3, 2014 A brilliant poem! Kenneth, my reading was that the soldier is in a terrible position to have to, unintentionally or accidentally, kill a seemingly innocent civilian as part of his/her job. That’s the reality of warfare, especially modern warfare. So, you try your very best to do your job well yet you have done something horrible and in humane. What horror for the soldier! We should have the compassion for the soldier who’s put in that position on our behalf. Hats off to the poet. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.