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Michael Wride

Rookie (December,5th 1968 / Wells, Somerset, England, UK)

War Memories

I. Dead Comrades

Black bodies bubble
Silently charred
In death's dark doorways

The bell tolls

Spasms of facial contortion
Through which they no longer smile

Under fire
Under siege

Shattered minds
All manner of broken dreams

In destiny's web

In time
Made to die
Without hope
Unchanged by molding hands
Unsurpassed in illness

Picture a thread through a needle
The needle in your life
Poking you
Mocking your heart
Killing you

It sees beyond the facade
Through which you try to smile

II. Post traumatic Stress Disorder

The demons in the dream scream
Flickering as flames in a grate
Whirling flitting incandescence
Rising upwards
Born upwards
In an orange tinted half light
Floating upwards
Born upwards
Taunting you they float

A bed in the middle of a floor
A room with no walls
Windows with cracked pains
Shattered shards cut you
Pierce your soul
Your spirit hidden from you
You lie alone
Your head in your hands
Nail biting
Perpetual grimness

And all there is
A vision
Through mists and rain
Of words swirling
Of poetry peeping through keyholes
When you're sleeping
Of delightful escapism and happy moments
They taunt you
And are gone
Even before hands can grasp them

Pin your thoughts to the ground
Hang your head alone
There's no speaking when you drown

Submitted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Edited: Saturday, January 26, 2013
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A dark poem about war and its consequences on the human spirit. It was written in early 1991 around the time of the Iraq War... I found the report of the bombing of the road to Bazra particularly harrowing.

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