A poem about how war affects those outside and inside the war zone.


Time wastes away

As the retention overpowers

Their will to survive

Danger on every corner

Building in intensity

Casting out innocence

One submits themselves

To the institution

Consisting of protection

Terror sweeps the nation

As recruit after recruit

Succumbs to ruin

Gore soaks into the battlefield

Tinting the landscape crimson

Depicting war at its worst


Family members collapse

In knowledge of their

Child’s premature death

Wife’s and husbands

Wail out their despair

On united grounds

Individuals curse out

The higher powers

For sending recruits to their deaths

The government justifies

Its action as reaper

As protection for the citizens

Now we know the truth

We are the lost words unspoken

We are the ones who carry the burdens

Submitted: April 21, 2013

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Peach Love

This really shows the pain and heartbreak a war brings to people. The words are beautifully picked and it flows gently. Great work, it deserves a like! :)

Tue, May 7th, 2013 5:12pm


Thank you very much....:)

Sun, May 26th, 2013 4:43pm


I like the use of imagery in the beginning of it, but I also love the words you chose. Especially, the last two lines of the poem.


Mon, May 26th, 2014 8:23pm


Thank you very much. I haven't written much in the past year, but I want to get back into it.

Mon, May 26th, 2014 2:36pm

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