Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Prisoners of War
By Don Iannone

Are you a prisoner of war like me?
Are you unable to set yourself free?
Is your world shattered like a broken glass?
Does life always seem to head you off at the pass?
Do you ever wake up at night painfully screaming,
because of what you lived and not what you were dreaming?
Does happiness seem to elude you like smoke?
The tears get stuck making you choke.
Is each day in your life an endless bloody battle?
Do your words at times seem senseless prattle?
Does the sound of a plane passing overhead,
make you wish you were suddenly dead?
Does the backfire of a car on the street passing by
remind you of gunfire and how you could die?
Does any of this make sense to you?
When you think deep does it seem true?
Like you, I've fought the battle of life.
Too little love and too much strife.
It took me a while, but finally I'm free.
No more battles because finally I see.
I mourn for my buddies who float at sea.
Some prisoners of war for eternity.

10 comments:

brenda said...

:( Thanks for this one...you've probably been reading my latest posts...perhaps you understand a bit about war...? Unfortunately...

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Brenda...not just me, but most of us understand war in one form or another...

Kathleen said...

Mornin' Don...! powerful poem...

may I ask, were you in Vietnam?

Don Iannone said...

Hey Kathleen...thanks. Not in Nam. Speaking more to the battles and wars we face in many ways. Also speaking to what happens to those dying in Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere.

Kathleen said...

Ahhh... well glad to hear you did not go through "that" one anyway Don...

(and yes... he's back!) :)

Don Iannone said...

Indeed Kathleen, and yes Brother is re-charged.

dumbdodi said...

Don, I am glad you are free. Long way to go for me.

NB: I wrote something similar but very different @Day of Life in'04 on my blog. Check it out when you get time

Don Iannone said...

Dumbdodi...found it on your blog. Nice one. Thanks.

Honestly...

Much more free
than I used to be.
Completely free?
Never will be.

Imemine said...

Freedom is the power to forget.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Imemine.

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