Collateral Damage?


Collateral Damage?

When innocent civilian lives
get in the way
in a war zone,
they call it an accident,
an unfortunate circumstance of war,
a necessary risk,
collateral damage.

What is unintentional

Torn limbs?
Bodies mangled and twisted
beyond recognition?
Shell-shocked eyes staring silently?
Hollow faces?
Lifeless fingers clinging
to life’s remnants?
Bombed out homes?
Shattered hopes?
Fractured lives?
Dreams blown apart?

It’s then you realize
are not enough
to mend
the hearts and minds
of those caught in the crossfire,
their futures detonated
and strewn across the cold ground
like bomb fragments,
giving new meaning to the word

George Pappas
Copyright 2016


About gmpwrite

My real passion is writing and exploring life as a novelist, poet, and lyricist. My novels MONOGAMY SUCKS, sequel RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, DEAR HEF, YOUNG, HORNY & MORMON, LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE, SWINGING WITH THE SUPERNATURAL, and poetry collections BACKYARD POETRY, THE HOLLYWOOD HOMELESS, and MIMI'S DILEMMA are available on Amazon and Smashwords. Working on launching a science fiction novella by summer 2018 and another poetry collection based on my lyrics in the fall. View all posts by gmpwrite

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