Collateral Damage?

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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
about…

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
ideals,
ideas,
words,
apologies
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
accidental.

George Pappas
Copyright 2016
 

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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, and poetry collections BACKYARD POETRY, THE HOLLYWOOD HOMELESS are available on Amazon and Smashwords. Working on launching short story SWINGING WITH THE SUPERNATURAL as a novella just in time for Halloween 2017. View all posts by gmpwrite

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