Linda Ori

Rookie - 40 Points (08/13/1945 / UTAH)

A Parent's Lament


Precious life
bled out on the battlefield -
naked, bleeding souls revealed
and in the name of peace;

Children lost,
never to be found again,
matters not, for none will win
the ravages of war;

Neither side
will find the solace in their loss,
they say their prayers and kiss the cross,
But nothing can be saved;

Brave the child
who sacrificed his life for peace,
who willingly did sign the lease
oblivious to fear;

Yet, all that's left
to fill the void within our hearts,
a flag to prove they played their parts
heroically and well;

Life goes on,
and still the grief flows raw and deep,
the nights drag on devoid of sleep,
for nothing cures the pain;

Precious life,
imagine how it could have been,
if death was not an option when
the world lay in their hands;

Parents cry,
for senseless wars will e'er be fought,
freedom's peace cannot be bought -
our children soldier on.





11/11/2013

Submitted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Of course we are proud of our men and women serving in the armed forces. That said, there is also the flip-side of the coin, the sadness of those who've lost children to war.

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  • Freshman - 1,549 Points S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (12/14/2013 10:24:00 AM)

    I tink kids lost to war is an irreplaceable loss. So sad if kids r urgd to fight to d kill endangerin themselves. Great how u wish 'dat if death werent an option' yeah i wish along with u. A splendid swell poem u wrote for parents of soldiers. (Report) Reply

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