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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: War and Peace (not about the book) (07/07/11)

TITLE: What Do I Know of War?
By Francy Judge
07/14/11


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What do I know of war?
In the horizon, battleships babysit the ocean,
guarding, protecting from bully attacks.

I kneel on sand-not powder soft,
but crunchy sometimes,
sharp sometimes,
exploding with life sometimes,
As a sand crab scuttles out of hiding,
As a boy digs deep trenches around a sand-dripped castle.

I kneel on sand
and waves charge at me...
unsuspectingóI am submerged,
so cold, I turn numb and swallow ocean water,
salty seaweed water; will I go insane?
Cool water tugs at my ankles
like a child at her motherís side, dying for attention.
Water wants to tow me in,
but Iím stronger and win the battle.
I kneel on the sand
In peace.

What do I know of war?
Letters written to lovers,
black and white hazy photos,
gruesome films, stories told
of soldiers fighting
from trenches, jungles, caves, deserts,
hiding in tanks like turtles crossing at a steady pace;
A soldier waits, trigger ready, heart pounding, adrenaline surging
on knees praying,
hoping to kiss his wife again,
hoping to watch his daughter grow.
Sharp pain pierces skin, veins, muscle;
borrowed bandages from dead menís wounds
while death explodes so close.
Too close.

What do I know of war?
Stronger weapons may win the battle
but no one can win the war
when graves are full
of mothers, fathers, and children,
of soldiers who had to kill to live;
but I live in peace
because someone I donít know
knows of war.


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Sara Harricharan 07/14/11
Wow. This was very well done, the line in the second verse of life exploding sometimes--that really set the tone for this. Love the tone and voice--thanks for sharing!
Noel Mitaxa 07/19/11
I love your honesty, your imagery and your sense of contrasts.