Jessie Hopkins

(9/23/94 / Missouri, United States)

Soldier's Warning


Water greedily drinks blood from the dead
while the rest of the world is wrapped in sleep.
I cleanse my sword of the blood it had shed
and pretend I cannot hear my men weep.

The moon wears black like a wife in mourning.
Bodies litter the shore both friend and foe.
Could this bloodbath just have been a warning?
Fear sends me to the ground like a deathblow.

Off in the distance a fire rises high,
breaking through the dark and spreading its light.
Its beauty fills me with hope and I sigh.
Perhaps there's nothing to fear, all is right.

Then I noticed what I hadn't before,
the sky was as red as the blood-stained shore.

Submitted: Saturday, April 05, 2014
Edited: Monday, April 07, 2014

Topic(s): death


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  • Katie Doty (4/5/2014 9:16:00 PM)

    The couplet at the end literally gave me chills, which happens very rarely. Congratualtions on this beautiful statement art. (Report) Reply

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