Conflict Poem: The Drum by John Scott (1731-1783)

The Drum
by John Scott (1731 – 1783)

I hate that drum’s discordant sound, 
Parading round, and round, and round: 
To thoughtless youth it pleasure yields, 
And lures from cities and from fields, 
To sell their liberty for charms 
Of tawdry lace and glitt’ring arms; 
And when Ambition’s voice commands, 
To fight and fall in foreign lands. 

I hate that drum’s discordant sound, 
Parading round, and round, and round: 
To me it talks of ravaged plains, 
And burning towns and ruin’d swains, 
And mangled limbs, and dying groans, 
And widow’s tears, and orphans moans, 
And all that Misery’s hand bestows, 
To fill a catalogue of woes. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Scott_of_Amwell

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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