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two sides of a coin

Posted by the prisoner's wife On 9:38 PM

damaged collateral

yesterday joseph came
home       draped in crimson
muslin smelling       gentle
          white lotus leaves
bowing underfoot

they call him hero
help him
          into the cadillac
hoist old glory
and play riffles
like trumpets in a parade

was it worth it?
               mother sobs
was it worth it?
               we all wonder      angry

he came home
like this

fireworks paint the sky
                    a ghastly purple
Mosul erupts           a cacophony
of women and wailing
babies struck down

without uttering a sound
we watch
seduced by the blood
pooling silently
beneath our feet

7 Response to 'two sides of a coin'

  1. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2007/05/damaged-collateral-i.html?showComment=1180673520000#c2144531525210257412'> Thursday, May 31, 2007 9:52:00 PM

    I take it your not for war? But well written poem


  2. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2007/05/damaged-collateral-i.html?showComment=1180682460000#c8769465827917797128'> Friday, June 01, 2007 12:21:00 AM

    Beautiful words. Simply beautiful.


  3. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2007/05/damaged-collateral-i.html?showComment=1180734480000#c3827705803639135148'> Friday, June 01, 2007 2:48:00 PM

    andrew: yup, you are correct.

    ced: thank you very much.


  4. Ananda Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2007/05/damaged-collateral-i.html?showComment=1180754280000#c2562020980356866121'> Friday, June 01, 2007 8:18:00 PM

    magnificent soulmomma sistalove poetess scribe! keep creating and sharing. much peace, ananda


  5. CapCity Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2007/05/damaged-collateral-i.html?showComment=1181110440000#c1017757989714495665'> Tuesday, June 05, 2007 11:14:00 PM

    Wow! That was serious...


  6. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2007/05/damaged-collateral-i.html?showComment=1181753280000#c2055880800303942810'> Wednesday, June 13, 2007 9:48:00 AM

    what a striking image with which to end the poem!


  7. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2007/05/damaged-collateral-i.html?showComment=1182321660000#c7588277760998759613'> Tuesday, June 19, 2007 11:41:00 PM

    thank you. i am glad you all enjoyed it.