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Casualties of War
by Carol Alena Aronoff
Saturday, July 04, 2015
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poem from Dreaming Earth's Body


Casualties of War


This winter I will think of them often,

those battle stars and battle scarred

who are danced by death. Under a stainless

moon, I will chant their names into collective

memory, light candles for those with no

names so they do not die alone.


In the time of cold, I will warm

their families, take vows of peace.

In the time of rain, I will dry their tears,

rebuild their houses--pay homage to the blood

and broken dreams that stain our honor.


I will carry with me in a pocket filled

with headstones, the luminous eyes

of a child without hope, the yearning

to go home on a young soldier’s face.

I would go to their villages, plant flowers

near their walls, ask for forgiveness.


The wine of destruction is a heady brew,

fomented by grapes of wrath. Drunk

with the death of enemies, lovers

of battle have deadened themselves.

I will not watch the river until they are sober

nor forget the sounds of war.




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Reviewed by Ronald Hull
Surprised no one has commented. This is a very serious treatise on the consequences of war. So easily forgotten in the distance of time and place. You have brought it front and center for all to read. Who does the rebuilding you describe. Certainly not those drunken with war.

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