Tired of war

Tired of war.

Tired of towers falling

Of remembering battles with piled dead

Of reasons that have no truth

Blustering babble, too much noise

From thrust out medaled chests,

Fists raised then pounding

Launching sky shrieking

Red-tailed smoke filled sunsets

Ground shaking

Air filled with cries and loss and fear and mindless hatred

Ancient grudges made modern

The jingling of coins changing hands.

Hearing myself, my nonsense

The words you hear hollow.

Fight back, your eyes say


Let fingers entwine and tongues tangle

Burning flowers brush hidden flesh



Release not the anguished cry of war and loss

But the shout of love

Fight back, your eyes say.



About michaelstephendaigle

I have been writing most of my life. I am the author of the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery series. "The Swamps of Jersey (2014); "A Game Called Dead" (2016) -- a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Author Contest; and "The Weight of Living" (2017) -- First Place winner for Mysteries in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest.
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