Monday, July 01, 2013

the hills

I wrote this poem for NaPoWriMo 2013. It wasn't getting much attention at my other blog. Recently, I did a revision on it, a major rehaul. I think the revised version is a much better, more compact piece. :)





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the hills




looking down from the hills
to the town below
the apartment blocks
like pixelated laterns

we can only barely imagine
people sleeping,
reading the papers,
watching tv with a beer,

while we are here in our foxholes,
reeking of earth
the toads croaking
their displeasure

in the weeds, the mimosa, a lighter
flares, a cigarette glows
red in the next hole,
a click of a safety catch,

a muffled cough, an expletive,
under a moth-bitten
blanket of sky,
we hunker down

for the night, cradling weapons,
wishing for a beer
a warm bath and
thinking of home too.




written 17/04/2013
revised 29/07/2013








Shared on Poetry Pantry #156 at Poets United.


If you want to read the original poem, it's here.





© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2013

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13 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

It defiinitely would be a hard spending time in a foxhole. You have captured the feelings, I think. A click of a safety catch in that situation would be frightening indeed.

01 July, 2013 09:17  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

its a rather chilling thought...as somewhere out there, there are those that are right now on duty, serving, their life in harms way...while we sit safe at home...

01 July, 2013 10:42  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

You've caught the mood perfectly.

01 July, 2013 15:50  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Mary,

thank you.
i used a number of "sounds" in this poem to create a mood. :)


Brian,

yes, this can be a scene from anywhere in the world. i served a long time ago, and the event i described in the poem was just a training exercise, but it could easily be in any war.


Anthony,

thank you! :)

01 July, 2013 23:29  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

You sure know how to "hunker" down :-) nice write.
ZQ

04 July, 2013 08:01  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

do i? :D

thanks, ZQ.

04 July, 2013 22:00  
Blogger Lisa A. Williams said...

A very thought provoking poem. I can imagine hiding and wishing for the normal so many take for granted. So well written!

07 July, 2013 08:18  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you , Lisa. :)

08 July, 2013 21:29  
Blogger magiceye said...

Beautifully expressed

09 July, 2013 22:19  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hey magiceye!
thanks, my friend. :)

10 July, 2013 21:56  
Anonymous tinman said...

Can relate to it

12 July, 2013 23:59  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is a fantastic write, kiddo. Impressive.

24 August, 2013 01:29  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Sherry!

24 August, 2013 23:15  

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