the slaughter of human beings temporarily regarded as enemies

“There can be no compromise with war; it cannot be reformed or
controlled; it cannot be disciplined into decency or codified
into common sense, for war is the slaughter of human beings,
temporarily regarded as enemies, on as large a scale as

– Jeannette Rankin, first woman elected to the United States
House of Representatives and the first female member of
Congress, lifelong pacifist.

Bye For Now

Your repeated use of the phrase
at the end of emails
convinced me that we had a future
until I noticed that BBC
news readers and weather reporters
say it to sign themselves off
secure in the knowledge
that some percentage of the population
will still be there later on
even for the World Weatherview
at one o’clock in the morning
even if they’re dead in their armchairs
waiting to be discovered by the neighbours.

– Lorraine Mariner