NPR : Lament to The Spirit of War

From Women on War:

Enheduanna (c. 2300 BC), a Sumerian poet/priestess, is the first known poet -- male or female -- of prehistory. She can also be thought of as one of the earliest known war protestors in history. Her works, preserved on artifact from an ancient civilization, lament the same horrors of war known to modern women.

Lament to The Spirit of War
by Enheduanna

You hack everything down in battle....
God of War, with your fierce wings
you slice away the land and charge
disguised as a raging storm,
growl as a roaring hurricane,
yell like a tempest yells,
thunder, rage, roar, and drum,
expel evil winds!
Your feet are filled with anxiety!
On your lyre of moans
I hear your loud dirge scream.

Like a fiery monster you fill the land with poison.
As thunder you growl over the earth,
trees and bushes collapse before you.
You are blood rushing down a mountain,
Spirit of hate, greed and anger,
dominator of heaven and earth!
Your fire wafts over our land,
riding on a beast,
with indomitable commands,
you decide all fate.
You triumph over all our rites.
Who can explain why you go on so?

Translation version © 1988 by Daniela Gioseffi

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