Thursday, August 07, 2014

742 - Les Invalides

Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week were: liberated, muddy and vicious.

100 years since WWI and we have learnt nothing.


Les Invalides

Lest we forget the fallen dead
Who died for what our leaders said
Was a cause both good and grand
Only to die in some muddy land,
So far from home and so misled,
Only to receive a wound instead.
There they fell and slowly bled,
Liberated by a death unplanned—
Lest we forget.

And those who didn’t die by lead,
Died internally, in their head;
Hearing the vicious inner command
To relive the torment of the damned
Until they withered on their bed—
Lest we forget.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2014
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33 comments:

  1. The boy ran fast in his muddy boots
    A vicious blast and he fell on his foot
    He stumbled and fell hard in pain
    Another soul liberated from the rain

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    1. Thanks Shuubiz. Nice to see you drop in.

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  2. Not much glory in war. Only hurt, and dirt, and death (hard, lonely death at that).

    Peace, joy, and Bear hugs!

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    1. And money to the Halliburtons of this world.

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  3. The state of war is entrenched in many ways....sadly...I would fight for possession of my own thoughts though

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    1. Not everyone is strong enough to win that fight. War requires men to do things that would be illegal in peace time and to see things that are hard to forget. Both create inner turmoil.

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  4. Thank you. The internal damage is so lasting, so dangerous and often without cure.

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  5. Very true in cases of war weary survivors. They are dead, walking dead even if they survived the war. Nicely Cosmo!

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  6. The dread and meaninglessness with a nod to John McCrae - the shellshock was a term that really came from WW I.

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  7. i have seen an exhibit lately with sketches made during wwI - it was heart-breaking - and it is frightening that we didn't learn our lessons...

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  8. great poem and a reminder, indeed, we have learned nothing.

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  9. "Died internally, in their head" a piercing line...i don't understand one thing what is so glorious about killing?..everyone knows the fact still the big brother goes to war..ugh

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  10. No matter how many times I see the images, read the poetry, consider the historical background, I can never get over the 16 million deaths.

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  11. Excellent great emotion in this and powerful words. Great tribute and reminder

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  12. a wonderful tribute!! we often forget the sacrifices of those because of whom we live in peace!

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  13. so many of our soldiers come home to relive that was again and gain...and that is heartbreaking to me.....and we too often forget them...

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  14. You have captured the horrors of war here, JC. We do need to continue to remember and honor those who served.

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  15. I grew up in a region where most of the battles of WWI were fought. I agree that we have indeed learnt very little.

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  16. The after effects of war are just a brutal and tormenting our minds ~ I specially admire that second part ~

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  17. Powerful words...you captured the heartache of war very well.

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  18. Well said, especially the ones who "died in their head".......no one comes back from war undamaged.

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  19. Shell shock and Trauma form a lingering death that lasts for ever.

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  20. Mistakes of the past are quite often the most important lessons that life teaches us. Forgetting that is a sure-shot way of spiraling down a self-destructive path, if nothing else. Brilliantly penned, as always.

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  21. So sad that humanity keeps repeating the same insane mistakes. You wrote something very meaningful here. Thank you.

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  22. Let us hope we always remember those fallen on the fields of France.

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  23. So true..each and every word.

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  24. so many lost
    over so many years
    in so many wars
    based on so many fears...

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  25. Cos, you and I must be psychically connected. My post is more "in dreams," etc., instead of my usual rants about war.

    This is undeniably effective. It could be in France then, in Iraq now, in Gaza (which is where I was thinking about). Your way with poetry, with the rhyme upon rhyme upon rhyme, then that refrain, "lest we forget," powerfully stated. I am in awe. Amy

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  26. Internal damage irreparable...

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