Poetry Blogs (war)

A THOUGHT FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

War is madness,

War is sadness;

Its consolation -

Freedom's gladness.

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War

The Toys Of War

From the land of the wall wishing brave, 

where braves are no longer welcome,

or this, our island of explorers 

who now wish these sea shores were 

fringed with endless rows of closed doors,

have migrated many mantras of woe

fired forth from the business of diplomatic show.

 

And so, below the same stars 

beneath which some mothers starve 

- but not ours -

some wil...

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Blessed

The end of the world is nigh!

But, my Grandma is dying.

 

Nuclear war is imminent,

Terror has divided us all,

We're afraid of percentages,

Soldiers love and fall. 

And yet, my grandma lays dying.

 

I sit here writing,

My Grandma lays in rest,

Beaten, but still fighting,

In ways, we all are blessed

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Crushed heads on a highway

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When I was young I could never construct papier mache,

a mush of childish hope squidged between my stubby digits.

 

Squashed heads on a highway reminded me of this,

collapsed boney balloons oozing dead memories.

 

Human hopes crushed out between a dictators claw,

his ranting slavish servants clenching bloody fists.

 

My art teacher enjoyed my abstract creativity,

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The Price of Freedom (much longer version)

A ghostly image of a soldier

stood in the background,

the scent of lilac's filled the air

even though it was winter.

 

A Mother with a babe in her

arms stood by a grave site.

Lilac's were the flowers her

husband had given her before

he left for war. So she

felt his presence.

 

She whispered, "Father this

is your son. Son this is your

Father. He was awarded...

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FreedomPriceWar

Child's Play

Running through the playground with a red ball
Kicking up dust of a joy he once knew
A right footed volley is greeted by the roar
Of helicopters circling above the street.
As the few play Jenga with the lives of many,
Walls and dreams crumble around his bare feet.
A kaleidoscope of gas, blood and orange
Ambulance seats tumble before his eyes.
Simply a child. Lullabied to sleep by mother’s ...

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They say..

They say 5 a day and a number of vaccines are what you need to be healthy                          

They say that cancer can't be cured and that a plant should be outlawed, but what's the reality

They say we need to go to war but we've heard it all before, and it's not how it should be            

They say we need to vote so get in line, as if we have a choice this time, they act like we'...

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CASEVAC

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That flash of white light,

that’s your brain unrestrained

hitting you're skull.

 

Messages sparking incoherently,

unable to connect they simply arc,

and that’s the last thing you’ll see

before you wake up with bits of you gone.

 

Left behind on another landmass.

 

No consent asked and none given,

you’ll lie under a metal frame

where crisp white sheets wo...

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Molecule

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The delivery system avoided attention

abiding by rules laid down in convention,

but what stifled their breath and took it away

was the invisible death ingested that day.

 

The media pictures of a spluttering end

flashed round the globe designed to offend,

and something so small that the eye couldn't see

awakened a monster in the land of the free. 

 

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The gavel and the gun

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In the courtroom

a murder of lawyers spluttered,

arguing, debating their hourly rating,

the state of an unbalanced mind,

war cluttered.

 

Eventually concluding

when they un-flapped their gowns,

they’d little comprehension 

of acute combat tension

in South Asian border-land towns.

 

Whilst out on the street

banners waved and horns sounded,

family membe...

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Systematically Explicating a Narrative and Descriptive Poem

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By Alem Hailu

The poem below decrying war was written by Lithuanian poet Salomeja Neris when her country was invaded by Nazi Germany. By way of showing how it is possible to explicate a narrative poem and invite readers reread the poem and grasp the meaning I will explicate her poem Spring as follows.

Spring

I Spring

Once again will lilac sing,

And brooks will babble, brooks, w...

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Soldier's Box

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Soldier’s Box

 

Wooden box

Lock

Key

 

Brass bullet casing

Spent

Flakes of tobacco

Unsmoked

 

Grains of sand

Sepia tinted photograph

Pyramids

And pith helmets

 

Soldiers Service

And Pay book

Will unwritten

Will not needed

 

Nib encrusted

Fountain pen

Brass button

Coloured ribbon

 

Yellowed letters

Ink a faded blue

S...

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Adagio of the Heart

I went to an extraordinary exhibition last year called "Spirit of Anzac" which was touring all over Australia. It came closer than anything I've seen in capturing the daily experiences of those who fought, and died, in the First World War, and especially in trench warfare on the Western Front. I have tried to express something of that experience, as I understand it.

 

Adagio of the Heart

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Worlds Apart (v3)

The real world is different for those born within strife,

if they are lucky they may grow to become husband or wife,

but for many, boy soldiers is what they were forced to become,

only eleven years old, yet their burden is to be carrying a gun.

 

How many live long enough to know that there are other ways,

within another country they wouldn't have been made military slaves.

Ar...

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How Evil Is The Mind Of Man

How evil is the mind of Man,

To do the things, as we all can,

Our evolution and history to refuse,

With inhuman profanity and abuse.

 

The nazis, to the Poles and Jews,

Set a raging firestorm loose,

They laughing, gay with callous calm,

Teased and tortured with unremitting charm,

Destroyed race and ravaged life,

Gorged upon others agony and strife,

To plant their o...

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War and the Universe

and when you look up and

watch the carmine sunset riding the clouds,

 

know that those are the blood

of the universes that fought so valiantly

 

to have our constellations vibrant and incandescent

in their boundless mausoleums.

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