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Firecracker - a paper or cardboard cylinder filled with an explosive and having a fuse, for discharging to make a noise.

Firethe Southern sergeant shouts to the boys behind him
In unison, we live or die together, light the fuse. The enemy
Rises up from behind a rocky outcropping  
Effectively blocking the allied advance. Shrapnel
Crescendos from the jeeps in the rear, cutting down 
Riflemen not killed instantly by the attack.
Another night passes, nightmares replay the 
Carnage of a war un-won, I see the bodies of friends
Killed in the name of God. Every dead man 
Earnestly left life not knowing if  
Right was truly in their

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 7/28/2015 2:40:00 PM
This is a great write! I loved it.
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Date: 7/28/2015 2:03:00 PM
A good read requiring the reader to think as well as feel his way through the words. Emile.
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Date: 7/25/2015 4:26:00 PM
Debbie.. Huge congrats for your powerful and dark, winning write.. Your chilling acrostic put me in a contemplative mood!
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Date: 7/25/2015 3:52:00 PM
Powerful fired poetry, and so true in societies since Gunpowder was formulated away back centuries ago in China. A Firecracker then, to little Big Boy, to even less when you take into account the likes of Anthrax. It's sad that greed will engulf this Paradise amidst an emptiness, or is it? - chowa, James xx
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Date: 7/23/2015 9:29:00 PM
You have sketched the tragedy and the violence which is being done all over the world by the killers of peace and love every now and then and that too in the name of God. The tragedy is that these fire crackers are growing in abundance in every corner of this Earth and there appears no light to show them the path of peace and love. Great write dear friend. Love and best wishes ...Ravindra K Kapoor
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Date: 7/23/2015 7:43:00 PM
I agree with those below, that this ends so powerfully, in the explosion of the unanswered question! Well done, indeed, but of course, because you wrote it! ....
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Carrie Richards
Date: 7/23/2015 7:44:00 PM
And a ps to thank you very much, for my placement in your contest! It is always my honor to place in one sponsored by you.:)
Date: 7/23/2015 5:04:00 PM
I found the imagery so chilling Debbie - such a powerful write - congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/23/2015 11:17:00 AM
Debbie, I dislike firecrackers because of the loud bang and can only imagine those feelings of people who experience war, a wonderful 7 and I want to thank you so much for my placement in your food contest, I am very honored
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Dear Heart - Wiishkobi Ode
Date: 7/23/2015 11:18:00 AM
And a big congratulations to you also
Date: 7/23/2015 10:22:00 AM
Debbie, you have penned a tragic, realistic scene with this acrostic. So moving! Congrats on your placement in my contest! Love, Kim
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Date: 7/23/2015 7:48:00 AM
And that's a bad way to go. What's worse, is when you think you are right and you are totally wrong. This is why we have a Lord and savior. Check with Him first. Such a wonderful poem Debbie.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 7/23/2015 9:04:00 AM
You also were given God within yourself, a moral compass, too many people are afraid to listen to the bit of God within themselfs! You are literarly made from the body of the creator.
Date: 7/23/2015 2:07:00 AM
Congrats on ur winning awesome write Debbie! Masterful acrostic!
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Date: 7/23/2015 12:39:00 AM
Debbie, congratulations on your win. Awesome Acrostic. Love SKAT
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Date: 7/22/2015 3:10:00 PM
Natures kill by its disasters then why we kill ourselves. God has given life so He can kill us only. No one can give life so no one has right to kill any body, i feel. I always pray to God to defuse all the destructing weapons of the world. Bad is always punished by Him. If we minutely read the history of human races, its clear that truth prevails faster than false means untruth. You have rightly shown the affect of false war. 7+ sure. Good luck if for contest my lovely friend. Loved always,bl
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Date: 7/21/2015 8:31:00 PM
Oh my Deb...This hits home to me because one of my best buddies was killed in Vietnam. God was not on our side in THAT war which was not really a war but only an intervention or 'containment'...Maybe the only 'justified' war was WWII...Not sure if God was on our side then but I'm sure he WASN'T on Hitler's side...In my opinion, currently few kill in the name of God but some 'people' DO kill in the name of Allah...
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Date: 7/21/2015 3:24:00 PM
Debbie, that is sad. To die without knowing. Rifle, Fire-cracker, death is death. always SKAT
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Date: 7/20/2015 7:25:00 PM
Good write. God bless- Aidan
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Date: 7/20/2015 6:47:00 PM
Yes many are butchered in the name of "God".... nice write...Peter
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 7/20/2015 7:39:00 PM
Thanks Peter I am not a nationalist & I don't believe God should be used as a war cry?