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Poised Pen

in the field 
between poppies 
and dying 
limbs 

a pen 
lay poised 
pleading 
with words 

pressed 
upon pages 
lined with 
youth's blood 

beating rhythm 
unheard
from now 
silent hearts

grief flowing 
with 
inky sadness
into lark's eyes

metaphors 
unnecessary
staring 
into reality's 
harsh face 

the pen skips 
a beat 
as death claims 
victory
yet again  

another name 
to silently 
record
into history

and poetry is war

a war fought 
through words 
of emotion 

begging an end 
to tiny crosses 
we don't wish 
to visit 

with declarations 
that we will 
no more 
engage in battle 

but the words 
lay still 
ignored by war's eyes 
hungering for pain 
to fill its chest 

poets fight on 
expressing anger 
in narratives 
to beseech 

and each year 
we read the words anew 
of hope with sadness 
and deep longing 

for we don't believe
in the words 
and therefore 
they have no meaning 

as war carries on 
the pen remains 
poised 
to write the ending 
with relief

and as the poppy 
bleeds its red 
into the sunset 
the pen knows
it will never 

win the war... 










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