Treasure Island

Marilyn Shepperson

(4th September 1949 / Hounslow. Middx)

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Killing Fields


The fighting is over, the battle is won
Overhead the crows are gathering
The dead lay like a grisly carpet
Those not dead groan or cry and pray softly
Worst of all is the heart rending whimpering
Of men knowing they are about to die and are afraid
The victors celebrate in the great hall
With drink and food in plenty
Raising glasses to the glorious dead
What's glorious about it?
The losers, in chains, sit bemused
Trying to work out where they went wrong
Exhausted horses in the stables
Stand with heads hanging low
To tired to eat, barely able to drink
But Man will always find an excuse to fight man
For freedom, for greed, for religion, for love, for land
And though those that have won are glad
Relieved to be alive to see this victory
Yet at this moment, the only true winners
Are the crows that are now descending.

Submitted: Friday, September 29, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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  • Liliana ~el (10/9/2013 7:20:00 PM)

    Strong message; speaks truth; really engages reader and evokes them to visualize the situation word by word; sticking (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Sandbrook (10/9/2013 4:49:00 PM)

    Watch grammar and punctuation, but apart from that it's a very vivid and compelling read. I particularly like the last line. Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (10/9/2013 9:09:00 AM)

    An excellent and potent write. In war there are really no winners.
    Even the crows and eventually the buzzards are the ultimate
    victors. There can never be any joy and if there is it is short
    lived. make peace and not war. very inspiring. (Report) Reply

  • Deci Hernandez (10/9/2012 12:00:00 PM)

    What a great way to get us to see the way of wars. that crows are the winner. however. it is sad that wars are necessary.: (. even animals and all the earth hates war. but we must. because of the enemy. (Report) Reply

  • Scarlett Treat (9/29/2006 6:21:00 AM)

    Your depth of wisdom here is amazing, in that you have painted such a clear picture of who the real winners are in a battle, the crows. The contrast of the pain of those left dying and the victory celebration is just great. A MAJOR 10 from me! (Report) Reply

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