The War Drums

We used to play in made up trenches

with the beat

the drums thudding with the beat 

Laughing and spluttering as we fended off evil armies walking with a goose step or are dead neighbors reanimated.
 
All in the imagination making just simple games
with the beat
the drums thudding with the beat
 
When we got older. We watched the films. The ones of the last Great War. The jungle war. The desert war. The fake war. And we were enamored. With the brother in arms and the loyalty. And the girls.
 
We heard the drums rumbling in our ears.
the war tunes.
We heard 
the drums rumbling in our ears.
The war tunes.
 
with the beat
the drums thudding with the beat
 
Now we joined. Everything is true. But so much worse. Graphic. Real. The blood is red. The blood is warm. The people are real. The people scream. And people die.
 
People die…
 
People die…
 
…and people die…
 
With the drums rumbling
the war games.
Rumbling 
With the drums rumbling
The war games.
 
with the beat
the drums thudding with the beat
 
the beat of honor.
the beat of survival.
the beat of freedom.
the beat of what is right.
 
the drums thudding with the beat 
              of sadness
              of confusion
              of possibilities
              of ruined lives
              of broken families
 
the war drums
thudding in dead eyes
crying out with 
the beat of anger.
the beat of hate.
 
and here we are now. honored and respected. six feet in our graves. young boys. young girls. old men. listening to that sound. the beat. the thudding. waiting eagerly for the next wave to advance to our dark resting place. silently screaming in hauntingly accurate time with the war drums.  
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9 responses to “The War Drums

  1. vivekipereira

    Reblogged this on Vivek Pereira's Blog.

  2. Damn those drums will they ever stop!

  3. sad and beautifully written

  4. My heart hangs in my throat; thank you.

  5. Chipiwa Maziva

    beautifully written! :)

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