In His Eyes

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This is a found poem - a collection of adapted phrases from All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Submitted: June 13, 2017

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In His Eyes

 

I have been watching the man in the mirror

His eyes are a vortex full of hope and vague ideas which gave to life

And the war is ideal and romantic

And in ten weeks he has trained and learned more than he ever did in ten years of school

 

I have been watching the man in the mirror

Now his eyes are of the utmost superficiality and his face is closed against his hard existence

Through his ears I hear the raging explosion of mines mingled with gunfire but all the man can do is simply duck

His only weapon is his instinct and he is now an unthinking animal

A beast

 

I have been watching the man in the mirror

His eyes are hardly recognizable as his skin is torn by the paw of a raging beast

I try to reach for him

But he is in a whirlpool and I am far from it’s center

 

I see the man in the mirror

His eyes are of pure terror

Rarely does an incident strike a spark but in him I see a flame of grief

He suddenly has clear conscious thought and  terrible yearning flares up and burns him

There is the most dementing convulsion

And he thinks

And he is destroyed

He is alone in the darkness continuously watching and waiting for the menace of death

And it takes him

 


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