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A pilot drops his pay load of bombs.

An artist surveys a landscape and paints it.

Civilians are summarily executed.

A fledgling pianist gives a recital to family and friends.

Hositals are shelled killing sick people.

The writer sits with pen in hand and thinks.

People's homes are bombed to rubble.

A composer puts the final touches to a symphony.

An artillery barrage fires indiscriminately on a residential area.

Children sit in their classrooms to learn another language.

A missile screams through the night to God knows where.

A family pray for protection.

Gas cannisters explode amongst peaceful demonstrators.

A small group of people walk through piles of rubble

and decomposing corpses.

They are on their way to church.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Wed 14th Feb 2024 08:39

Thanks Keith.
The everyday lives of people being creative, trying to make sense of life, compared to the routine horror inflicted on them.

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Tue 13th Feb 2024 16:43

Wow, a fantastic poem Keith. Clever construction and powerful imagery used. Brilliant.

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keith jeffries

Tue 13th Feb 2024 15:24

Thank you to all who read and commented on this poem. It is a poem between being constructive and celebrating life as opposed to being destructive and destroying life.


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Steve White

Tue 13th Feb 2024 01:04

I ticked a like on my way past the first time but I'm glad I came back. This is really good Keith - each couplet is a poem on its own. Nice one.

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 12th Feb 2024 21:55

Powerful and impressive, Keith.

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Graham Sherwood

Mon 12th Feb 2024 14:23

The insular reportage style here is perfect to do the job,
it feels cold in its delivery, impartial, whilst inviting us to be shocked and outraged.

really good writing Keith. Bravo!


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Manish Singh Rajput

Mon 12th Feb 2024 14:05

Every line tells a story, I could picture what's portrayed in each line of this poem. Very powerfully written with intense imagery.
Thank you.

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