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The War of Worlds when Worlds were well

The war of worlds when worlds were well

and tides were high and feelings swelled.

Nights of passion were known of not

before Adam and Eve curse forethought.

The war of worlds when worlds were well.

When knowledge unheard of and words like original sin

consigned to a cosmic dustbin.

Creator God in his magic worlds

invented different types of birds,

dinosaurs and mammals,

alien camels, and it was the war of worlds when worlds were well.

Fantastical civilisations innocently triumphant,

their battle only for brilliant inventiveness.

Yet in the dawn of newest day the werewolf bayed his spell

Spoke of prophecies now lost in wonder and darkness.

Yet in a tiny lily-pad a frog leapt briskly by.

The murmuring bounce of the crickets dance gave freshness to the skies.

There was no war where worlds were well and innocence was bliss.

Grace, goodness, consequences.

Until a serpent slickly came between the desert sun,

like a threaded needle spun his lies,

consigned humanity to land to bear fruit

and no more were there wars of worlds when worlds were well

but hardened hands and bitten legs, scourging loss of innocence.

Now here we stand on ocean and on land.

The War of Worlds could it be three?

The triumph of man made anxiety

where left, right, liberal, Muslim, black, white or Jew

cannot decide between them for good or ill

Let there be no more war and our world be well.

About Geraldine Ward

Geraldine Ward has been writing and performing various forms of poetry and prose from an early age, and is a regular contributor at the London Farrago Poetry Slam nights. She has published a number of books including the "Now" collection, and has featured in other publications including Katie Metcalfe's "Beautiful Scruffiness" series of magazines.

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