Chaos and Calm

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Chaos and Calm

Missiles screamed towards the earth

emitting on impact a dull thud

a noise that two years ago

had shook him to his bones

but he had learnt to ignore that noise


the screams of men

ripped asunder by molten metal

was a closer, more shrill sound

that was drowned out

by shouting sergeants

ordering guns to be loaded

savage shells sent in return

the deep thud

that echoed with the scent of acid

the dust cloud that lingered and intensified

as more shots rang out

the cry that constantly carried

over all of this

“medic” “medic”

was silenced by the crack bang

of riffles

that brought a closer cry

“medic” “medic”

he silently stood still

taking no part in the carnage

passing no judgment

not complicit, just compliant

he hauled heavy equipment into place

then watched

Alfie, Artillery animal


the calm amongst the chaos


Forty Two

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