Cynthia BuhainBaello

Gold Star - 10,428 Points (November 17,1949 / Manila, Philippines)

Fragging - Poem by Cynthia BuhainBaello

In war, to lose one's life
That is a noble thing.

There is a valid reason
To justify the dying.

But in a war to die
Not by the enemy's hands

Families can only cry...
Where does logic stand?

'Fragging's' just a term
That does not ease the pain

Tears in grief affirm
For how can we explain?

The war's been on too long
Men can fight awhile

It may be right or wrong
Their lives are in exile.

There is a time for breaking
When rust will eat up steel

The soldiers may be dying
Their own kind they will kill.

by Cynthia A. Buhain-Baello
Monday, May 11,2009

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

News: US soldier kills 5 comrades
in Iraq. An official remarked,
'not all injuries in war are

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