Saturday, June 17, 2006

Photo-Poetry Challenge : Photo 6

The muse kept hammering me for some war poetry, and so here it is. If it can be called that.

I was thinking what can be on the minds of soldiers on the eve of a big battle. I wrote this piece based on the battle of the Metaurus between the Romans and the Carthaginians in 207 B.C.


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sundown
image by Bluesky_Liz


they may not see another sundown


Soon their spear tips
will glint in the moonlight

but for now they watch the sun
going down over the hills

as if their archers had shot it down
painting the sky with angry slashes
of crimson and gold

for tomorrow facing the Carthaginians
and their mercenaries in the valley
they may not see another sundown


15/06/06
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9 Comments:

Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Nice, nice. Something like World Cup matches too, huh. :P

19 June, 2006 11:21  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thanks, gilbert!

i've put a small bet on England winning the Cup, think i'm crazy? :)

19 June, 2006 23:45  
Blogger Bluesky_Liz said...

This is pretty good. :)

20 June, 2006 20:24  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

liz,
i like war poetry.

now back to the world cup. :)

21 June, 2006 00:14  
Blogger floots said...

the timeless ethic of the warrior
as relevant now at ever
well done

21 June, 2006 18:39  
Blogger Medusa aka expiringpoet said...

This piece reminds me of TROY :)
Can imagine all the hunky warriors in skirts, such a waste that so many handsome men must die in pointless battles.

sigh.

21 June, 2006 23:32  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

floots,
thank you!

medusa,
hunky warriors at Troy? This piece works ! :)

22 June, 2006 00:22  
Blogger peter said...

nice

24 June, 2006 09:27  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

peter,
thanks for visiting! :)

25 June, 2006 01:34  

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