Verdun, 1917 by Felix Vallotton

Thundering light set the sky ablaze
wailing sirens sang a dirge
melding with the panicked voices
rising from scurrying souls
seeking shelter from the arcing flames
tracing a path to death’s door.

Running feet shook the ground
they’re hurrying to nowhere
hoping for the safety of a prayer
coated with blinding smoke
washed with tears streaming on faces
unrecognizable in agony and fear.

The earth trembled
bodies fell
one after the other
time stood still
senses failed
the silence was deafening –

darkness reigned
had war stopped
or was the world gone?
Would a spirit know
or care
who was right
or who won?

This was written for MAGPIE TALES and 100 WORD CHALLENGE  FOR GROWN-UPS. This week, 100 word’s prompt was “….the silence was deafening”. Meanwhile, MAGPIE TALES has the above picture prompt for this week. I did not know what to make of the word prompt until I saw the photo and understood what the photo was about. As you see, I have difficulty understanding abstract pictures/paintings. I was also not familiar with Verdun or the artist. It was only after a little research that I understood what the prompt was about.

Check out the links to Magpie Tales and 100 Word Challenge for some gorgeous writing. 🙂

As always, I appreciate your coming by and comments. 🙂  Thank you for taking the time to visit and read.   God bless you.


16 thoughts on “WAR

  1. Powerful and soul-stirring. What an excellent interpretation of the picture prompt and to weave in the word prompt into your poem. I will be thinking of these lines today.
    “Would a spirit know
    or care
    who was right
    or who won?

  2. Unbelievable. One outstanding post after another. I am in great awe. Your words are too powerful, substantial, and whoa-eloquent. You really depicted the gripping images of war in such few words.

    1. No, nobody wins. Even the ‘victor’ – one who successfully wore the other side down – suffers the loss of its own people at the least. Its flag will always be stained by the blood of those who perished. War brings nothing but destruction and misery.

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