Sunday, May 01, 2022

fields of loss

Hello, field of loss. You’ve been a story of so much waste.

from “A Theory of Windows” by Jessica Bixel

I was inspired by the lines from the above poem (and some pretty wild thoughts). This is a prompt from the Bibliomancy Oracle. It can work in heart-breaking ways.

pencil sketch by dsnake1

fields of loss

cat excavators are lifting soil and
bones and gun cartridges
teeth and fragments of clothing
workers are measuring the ditch
they wrap bandanas over their noses

this field
this field where the grass now grows over
slick with dew
this field where the dust is blown from
the bombed houses
it is cold when it rains
it is colder then when the men
and women
were mowed down
like grass.

their names whispered in anguish
like a cursed chant
auschwitz wounded knee babi yar my lai
the tears like rain could not
stop on cheeks to grass
the rain slipping off fatigues
the rain dripping off rifle muzzles
the terrified gaze of those
about to embrace the


so long, fields of loss
you are a story of so many excuses
you are the mouth of so many lies
you are the child who knows no love


Rosemary at Poets and Storytellers United would like us to "to share something of your own landscape with us". I wouldn't know if the above poem can qualify as a "landscape". What also prompted this poem is a historical marker erected at the side of my former work place. It marks a massacre and mass grave site of civilians during the Second World War.

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Blogger Gillena Cox said...

So lines say so much in resonance. This in fact is a very heartbreaking poem.
Nice sketch...You should consider linking on a Friday at my blog. Art For Fun Friday


01 May, 2022 00:48  
Blogger Helen said...

My heart breaks, men and women mowed down like grass. Another breathtaking poem from you.

01 May, 2022 01:07  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Gillena!

Yes, this is a heartbreaking poem, in a way.
Glad you liked the sketch. Thanks for letting me know of the art link. I would like to link there too. :)

01 May, 2022 01:07  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Helen.
it's quite a heartbreaking poem.

01 May, 2022 01:20  
Blogger Su-sieee! Mac said...

For me, you captured the stillness of war, the sadness, the waste, the confusion, the loss. I like your sketch, too. It belongs on a wall. :-) Good cheer!

01 May, 2022 09:08  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A truly wonderful poem – and a stunning, sadly unarguable final verse. Yes, I think that qualifies as a landscape all right, albeit one we might prefer not to contemplate. And yet, we must contemplate such things if we are to prevent them recurring – even though we are not doing too well on that score....

01 May, 2022 09:16  
Blogger Marja said...

A poignant poem, very well written

01 May, 2022 11:36  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you for the kind words. I am glad you said the sketch belongs on a wall. :)


Thank you!
yes, it's a landscape we rather not contemplate.
No, we are not doing too well to prevent such things from recurring. One is going on in Eastern Europe. Another potential flashpoint is near to us, the South China Sea, and another one near to your country, The Solomon Islands. :(


Thank you! :)

01 May, 2022 13:06  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you linked up at Art For Fun Friday


01 May, 2022 18:07  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Gillena!
My pleasure. Thanks for managing a place where art lovers can gather. :)

01 May, 2022 18:12  
Blogger Debi Swim said...

Those last four lines... wow - what a great closing to a riveting poem.

01 May, 2022 20:55  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Debi!
I like the ending lines too. :)

01 May, 2022 22:00  
Blogger Christine said...

Well done!

01 May, 2022 22:31  
Blogger colleen said...

Powerful! And I love the rejection in the end.

02 May, 2022 21:04  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Colleen! :)

02 May, 2022 21:35  
Anonymous Rajani said...

Oh this hit hard... wonderfully written... as Rosemary said, a landscape we choose not to contemplate.. and yet, we must...

03 May, 2022 22:31  
Blogger Rajani Rehana said...

Super poem

03 May, 2022 23:53  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


yes, a landscape we choose not to contemplate, but still we must look... :(

Rajani Rehana,

Thank you! :)

04 May, 2022 19:25  
Blogger magiceye said...

Heart wrenching..

04 May, 2022 20:47  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, magiceye!
good to see you. :)

04 May, 2022 23:17  
Blogger Haddock said...

The waste of war ........

11 May, 2022 01:01  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Haddock.

Yes, utter waste.
As Bertrand Russell said, "War does not determine who is right - only who is left."

11 May, 2022 13:52  

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