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



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