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Did I hear the drone?

Or hear the air around it moan?

Did I see the photoflash?

Or how close the rotors almost clashed?

Did I view the guiding lasers?

Or the defender's stream of rapid tracers?

Did I feel the aerial explosion?

Or the small arms bullet’s detonation?

Did I feel the overwhelming heat?

As the missile landed in the adjoining street?

Did I suffer the most horrendous noise?

As grown men screamed like little boys?

Did I comfort those who’d lost?

Or those who’d paid the ultimate cost,

Did I dig deeply with my hands in the dirt?

To find those buried alive, but hurt

Did I spend many sleepless nights?

Trying to cheat death, avoiding the fight.

Did I find time to breathe easy?

Could I eat? Did I feel queasy?

Did I revisit the devastation and aftermath?

Was I stunned by this remotely aimed wrath?

How’s this war going? Has it affected me?

No, I’m viewing remotely at a distance on the BBC.


◄ You're my disappointment 

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Russell Jacklin

Sat 15th Jun 2024 05:42

Thank you Patricia

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Patricia Ziel

Fri 14th Jun 2024 23:07

Thank you! On June 6th I re-watched 'Saving Private Ryan'. I was totally emotional and horrified at what people in Ukraine, the drafted Russian soldiers, the threatened Israelis and the innocent Palestinians must endure in this so called 'enlightened age'.
You said it so well!

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Russell Jacklin

Fri 14th Jun 2024 12:51

Thank you all for your comments, very kind

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 14th Jun 2024 08:17

A thoughtful poem, JD, which anyone would have been proud to write.
It's true that being an armchair participant in war does not really enable us to understand the horrors and privations of the conflict. However, good reporting can still bring home some of the awfulness of war and the pathetic nature of official denials. Think, for instance, of the pictures of the body bags in Bucha and the Russian claim that it was a 'staged event'.

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Martin Peacock

Fri 14th Jun 2024 07:38

A finely constructed poem. The rhyming couplets work well with the rhythm too, making it flow easily.
We should be wary of our too-easy access to 24hr rolling news - it de-sensitises us, turns us into armchair theoreticians, draws a veil over the true horror of war. I like how you end this poem - it's as though a camera were pulling focus at the end of some film - a final reminder that we have no genuine right to imagine the anguish and suffering of people so far away when all we need to do to make it stop is press a button on a remote.

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keith jeffries

Thu 13th Jun 2024 20:06

We are so accustomed to seeing these horrors on our screens that we have become anesthetised, left with little thought or emotion for what we have witnessed. This is dangerous as we care little about the distress of others. This poem sums up the awful reality of what faces us all in this age of advanced media coverage.
Thank you for this,

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 13th Jun 2024 19:37

Modern warfare is getting more and more like something from
"The Terminator"!!

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