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What the Eye of War Sees

What the Eye of War Sees

This is the first poem I have written in this meter, and it is primarily based on the poem “sympathy” by Phillip Dunbar. We were instructed to read it during English class, and then “unpack” it, or essentially annotate the poem with little lines and dots showing rhyme, meter, metaphor  imagery, etc. I believe I was the first to finish, and my paper was readily filled up with little dots, lines, and dashes of my own. In a word, I was bored. I thought to myself; hey! what a nice little opportunity to take a boring school period and turn it into a smart usage of time by writing  a poem!

this was what was borne from my muse of creativity!

What the Eye of War Sees

The spikes of the battle beat, my son

and they beat with the vigor of ten drums

and their black swords come quickly, on the run

when the tides of the war are here and done

and the waiting bees with awaiting hums

there the grasses fire-inflamed, and the trees

these things the eye of war sees!

The whips of the horseman lash, my boy

and they fall with a simple, fleeting, flash

where a cut with the dagger they employ

you scream with anguish, yet they scream with joy

and they run off, laughing, in a dash

you scream with each red bead of pain that comes

he cut your hands and your thumbs

The rays of the sunlight fall, my child

and of your tears, aye, there may be many

when you struggled from my grasp, you were wild

and all of the rules that I made, you defiled

I kissed your face, it cost not a penny

now your feet trod on, to war and burnt trees

that’s what the eye of war sees.

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