The Foulness

Posted: March 18, 2017 in free verse, poem, poet, poetry, writing
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The foulness that proceeds us,
the stench, the smoke, the half life
the static noise of mistuned radios and burnt out street lights
blown out streets and broken water mains.

lost shoes line the paths
broken wheels and blown out tires
bent and burnt cars with missing hoods and cracked blocks
and children playing with discarded green cans and skinny dogs

The foulness that proceeds us,
the wailing mothers and lost brothers
uncles and aunts now without nephews or nieces
no walls or roofs for their dirt floor gated homes

their minds without freedom left in them
without bread, meal or ovens to bake.
just to be left alone to make the new shoes and robes
and to pound tools from their new found scrap metal.

The foulness that proceeds us,
the despair and unleashed sorrow
and cautious walk of digital camo soldiers without cause or blame
only yearning to get home to a land more understood.

As the wind blown sand settles into drifts
across arched doorways and blocked exit roads
we hear distant sounds of flying war iron always overhead
we hear the sounds of lost hope, life and future
the sound of the sad foulness that proceeds us.


(This is rewind week, just blowing off the stench, John) 


  1. Ret MP says:

    debilitating vision, except for the hope inspired by children who continue to play

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  2. iampeacenow says:

    Painful landscape – but for the children. Yet their situation makes me sad. Well written. Peace to you

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  3. Brilliant and poignant, profound and sad, and truth, definitely truth, OC.
    Yes, it is so interesting how even in times of horror, children want so badly just to be kids and to play.
    Your images here are vivid and bring tears. Those images should always bring us to tears.

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  4. webdaadi says:

    well written post, very sad but beautiful for childern.

    Liked by 1 person

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