POETRY

The Object of War

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I have no objection to war,
the object is to find something worth
dying for, and never country nor
religion that I have known is worth
the suffering, the misery the
disruption of home.

But once upon a barren land, laid
waste by morality and God's greedy
hand, I fell upon a youth with
tattoos upon his wrists, whose fair skin
blackened beneath even the most
stolid kiss.

And this I thought, as I licked his
blood from the shore, for all the
hatred the strife and the wars, this
when eternity slams shut her last
door, this at long last was
worth dying for.

Gavin Geoffrey Dillard has published eight collections of verse, two anthologies, and his infamous Hollywood tell-all, IN THE FLESH: Undressing for Success. Also known as “The Naked Poet,” his poems have been recorded by James Earl Jones, Don Adams, and published in anthologies and periodicals worldwide. An anthology of his life's work, THE MORTAL POEMS (the first half-century), will come out in 2014 from Sibling Rivalry Press. Dillard was schooled at both The North Carolina School of the Arts and California Institute of the Arts. He was tutored in songwriting by David Geffen, and in playwrighting by Jerome Lawrence and Tom Eyen. Deena Metzger, Ian Young, and Christopher Isherwood were also ongoing mentors. The author of dozens of songs, Gavin has written lyrics with and for such luminaries as Peter Allen, Chanticleer, Sam Harris, Jake Heggie, Glen Roven, Lowell Liebermann, Ralph Edwards and Disney Studios. His classical art songs ("Of Gods and Cats") have been featured at Lincoln Center by mezzo Jennifer Larmore.

He has written comedy with and for Dolly Parton, Joan Rivers, Peggy Lee, Vincent Price, Lily Tomlin. Gavin is the co-author of BARK!, the musical, which has played throughout North and South America, and author of OMFG!!!, an iLove Story, which premiered in 2011 in San Francisco. Spring of 2014 will see the opening of WHEN ADONIS CALLS, an opera comprised entirely of Dillard's poetry, by Clint Borzoni, with libretto conceived and constructed by John de los Santos.

And this I thought, as I licked his
blood from the shore, for all the
hatred the strife and the wars, this
when eternity slams shut her last
door, this at long last was
worth dying for.