Sunset by the Lake Burly Griffin, Canberra, Australia

Oh, the fall

Tall, erect, in line

like our soldiers sent to war

except, more alive


Photo: Sunset by the Lake Burly Griffin, Canberra, Australia
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Soldier, long gone

Recruitment poster used during the Australian wars - on display at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Recruitment poster used during the Australian wars – on display at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

I look at you
once bright as dew
now frayed, tearing at the seams
a picture unlike any other it seems
beetle eyes gleaming through the glass
a spectacle for the students in my class
how well your brows curve crookedly
masking shadows of scheming wickedly
though just another memory to many
for your thoughts I’d offer more’n a penny
how you could while away your life
warring others’ battles without a strife
a proud son that faced his mother tall
and answered the motherland’s call

Cars

Jaguar showroom in Austin, Texas
Jaguar showroom in Austin, Texas

All lined up to go

as youth army in battle

puppets of the rich

Natural fighter

Residential building near Miami beach

Residential building near Miami beach

A looming army

faceless, hollow and stony

facing soldier, grass

Saving skins

As weak-kneed sailors

them commandos one by one

abandoning ship