strange exhaustion body, mind and soul
blood rivers running across pitted landscape
bomb gave church roof impromptu skylight
no sun, moon or stars: only black clouds
why do we fight a war?
old scars and wounds re-opened
anger, fear and pain leading to infection
this veteran withdraws from the battle
walking through the dense forest
sunlight peeking through the canopy
when I reach sanctuary
my soul finds its peaceful home again.
(c) Amanda Wilson 2013