The alternative way

What not to do –
To end a war that burns the edges of your land –
Send out silvery weapons;
Worry about the ephemeral gold;
Hate your strange neighbours;
Think only about your own turf.
What to do –
To end a conflict that steals your lemon breaths –
Learn about the scents of the past;
Love your theatrical mistakes;
Cry out your strawberry solutions;
Create punk-rock pathways.

About the Poem

My poem was inspired by the speech given by the President of my country, Italy, regarding the war in Ukraine. It seems to me that too often, politicians believe that the solution to war is, well, more war. However, it is true that we should learn from the past and avoid making the same mistakes.
Also, the positive messages sent out by music, cinema, theatre, and all the arts must be taken very seriously.

About the Author

Petra F. Bagnardi is a TV screenwriter, a theater playwright and actress, and a poet. She was short-listed in the Enfield Poets’ Twentieth Anniversary Poetry Competition, and her work was featured in several literary journals including, Masque & Spectacle Literary Journal, Punk Noir Magazine, Poetica Review, Red Door Magazine, Drawn to the Light Press, Rabid Oak.

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