KILLING WAR (for DVerse Poets)

The snake slithered through the sand
shimmered red under the golden sun
rose petals ebbed and flowed on its froth
vaporous tears rose from its steamy breath.
Heavy boots jiggered and jigged
falling to the rhythm
of bullets popping as popcorn overhead.
Fireworks lit up the clouds
seared scarlet the shifting ground
and yet, the snake lived
strengthened by bloodshed,
its wounded head
made room for two or more instead.
Venom flowed fresh and warm
like nectar to avenging swarms
it rushed around east and west
and latched on to bleeding hearts.
Feeding on blood and tears,
roses grew around the lethal banks,
raising thorns
against war and violence.
One could only hope
that they could starve
the vultures’ rampaging appetite.

~~~

Claudia of Dverse Poets wants us to mix up the un-mixable for Meeting the Bar.  At least that is how I understood it.  I do not know if this piece meets the bar.  Anyway, the inspiration came from watching The Warrior’s Way, a surreal and bloody tale of the transforming power of love, with oriental martial arts-inspired action sequences.

Thank you for coming by.  Happy weekend. 🙂

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18 thoughts on “KILLING WAR (for DVerse Poets)”

  1. A lot said here of contradictions, but underlining the and glory and tyranny of war…isn’t the battle for peace just so? Loved the
    “Fireworks lit up the clouds
    seared scarlet the shifting ground” and the shimmering gold snake.

  2. oh i wish we could find an end to war…i dont know that violence would get there…only perpetuate the madness…we are trying that now…ha…starving out war might be a better idea for sure…

    1. I think dverse is a play on diverse, since Dverse poets’ pub is meant to be a community of people with different backgrounds, etc. 🙂 I hope I was right in my understanding of your statement.

      1. Yeah. I think it has something to do with that, but the word was shortened to highlight the ‘verse’ part of the word to makes reference to what the group is about – verses and poems. just my thoughts.

  3. This part struck me most:

    the snake lived
    strengthened by bloodshed,
    its wounded head
    made room for two or more instead.

    Thought provoking response Imelda ~

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