Thursday, January 15, 2015

News of peace

He heard the war
was over; voices
flashed the news
along the lines,
over the radio

he laid down
his gun and began
to walk

through desolation
for a time until
fields turned
green once again

he passed both
pessimism and optimism
and, not stopping,
left them behind

the coffins stacked
like false promises

he walked toward
the sun not
looking back

Photograph: View of Ypres, Belgium, in 1919.


Joseph Hesch said...

Lovely piece, Glynn. The photo is of a town devastated in the War to End All Wars. Unfortunately, that title wasn't even close.

Martha Jane Orlando said...

This so moved me, my friend. One of your best!
May we all walk toward the "Son" and not look back.