Wordle 181: Airstrike Poem II

Airstrike-Poem II

Vital signs not promising,
bleeding, broken,
strips of rag a pathetic try
to stem the flow,
the nameless patients laid
on grubby sheets
in rows along the floor.
Hope seeps away
as senses fade,  save speech,
as suffering victims weep,
weary nurses bark disconnected words
and searching  mothers wail despair.

As the onslaught of world events escalates in horror, my poetry becomes darker. You may find more cheery interpretations at The Sunday Whirl

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14 Responses to Wordle 181: Airstrike Poem II

  1. DELL CLOVER says:

    This is so powerful and relevant–much better than mine, Bravo!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Viv, this brings tears to my eyes. Your words cry with anguish. Beautifully written. I wish there was more peace in the world. LHN


  3. Cathy says:

    Nothing wrong with being dark, especially when tragedies are being play out. Excellent poem


  4. C.C. says:

    Dark, yes, but still written with such brilliance 🙂


  5. That’s a killer last line, Viv.


  6. Strong and dark, Viv. The confusion during and after airstrikes must be horrific. Mothers wailing is so sad.


  7. opsimathpoet says:

    Hard not to enter dark places Viv – we shouldn’t be afraid or despairing of them – it is part, I think, of what poetry is for – that it is able to touch these places and to make them accessible to other people. Brave poem.


  8. Bastet says:

    I’m not up to date to the most recent world events … but the poignant sadness of this poem brings the horrors of our modern world alive … and very close ..


  9. jae rose says:

    This is like a poetry bomb…explosive and yet contained in conveying the wisdom of understanding what it feels like to be ‘struck’


  10. Yes, there is not a lot to be bright and cheery about lately.


  11. oldegg says:

    There is so much grief and sadness connected with hospitals that obscure the positive nature of healing. This is especially so when the injuries and diseases being treated could so easily be avoided.


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