Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 29, 2015

Daily missive for Tuesday the 29th of December.~by Peter Forster


 

 

Daily missive for Tuesday the 29th of December.

 

We laugh
Even as hearts break.
In fox holes
Where fat rats
Fight over rotting flesh
And broken bodies
Are an audience
Of the macabre,
Soldiers tell tales,
And when all else fails
They laugh.
People who wait
All night by the phone
For good news
Of a loved one
Far from home,
A whispered word
Barely heard,
An intimate conversation
Against a background noise
Of war
And destruction,
Still find a way
To keep any
Real worry at bay
As they laugh.
On darkened wards,
Where the dying lie
And families cry
In silence
Or share tall stories,
Reminiscence
About things
They would never
Have missed,
Share a tear
A hug, a kiss,
A glimpse of the abyss,
And to break a spell
When what they remember
Is hell,
Then
They laugh.


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