Life in the Box: If I Wanted War

Light verse (or shall we say dark verse) by columnist Nancy Heather Brown


If I wanted war, I would dream and I would scheme,

And I would look around the world for places to demean.

Let’s see… Israel’s a hot spot. What I could inflame?

Oh, housing a U.S. diplomat on land they shouldn’t claim!

China is a good place to upset. How to mess a bit?

Oh, challenge their connection to the Taiwan government!

And Mexico’s a poor relative, people coming through like thieves.

Forget the fence, let’s build a wall, filling holes within the sieve.

I hear they stole our jobs away and gave them to dark skins.

We’ll make them pay and rue the day they liked Americans.


And let’s angrify our allies by breaking all our truces.

You never know when Russia will come to many uses. 

All this research is leaving me a tiny bit parched and flat.

Oh, I can stir things up everywhere—recall the diplomats!

No one really wants a war, you know, but if I truly did…

I’d elect Prez. Trump and wait a month, oh right we already did!

And so did he. 


Nancy Heather Brown is a retired, Emmy Award-winning television producer whose career has included interviewing, writing, and editing for a span of four decades. Today, she enjoys learning new things and reflecting upon the creative process and the world of ideas both inside and outside the box.  Her opinions are her own and don’t necessarily represent the opinions of this web site.


Additional opinion pieces, even scarier:

“Trump Needs a Holy War”/Opinion piece by Bradley Burston in Haaretz

“Trump’s News Conferences Look a Lot Like Putin’s. Should You Worry?” by Hannah S. Chapman in the Washington Post 

Will Trump start a Holy War? His chief strategist called for it in 2014. By Ben Norton in Salon

“Will American People… Stop WWIII?” / Opinion piece by James Connor in Huffington Post 

Background on Israel and China conflicts:

Trump’s call to move US Embassy to Jerusalem  

Middle-East Negotiator warns Jared Kushner of complexities  

Trump, China and Taiwan explained in New York Times



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