The face of war is my face. The face of war is your face. What color Is the face Of war? Brown, black, white-- Your face and my face. Death is the broom I take in my hands To sweep the world Clean. I sweep and I sweep Then mop and I mop. I dip my broom in blood, My mop in blood-- And blame you for this, Because you are there, Enemy. It's hard to blame me, Because I am here So I kill you. And you kill me. My name, Like your name, Is war.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "War", appears in The Panther and the Lash, first published 1967 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Elie Siegmeister (1909 - 1991), "War", 1966, published 1978, orchestrated 1967 [ low voice and piano or orchestra ], from The Face of War, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
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