And fell a soldier

And fell a soldier.
Three Tankas
By AJ O’Brien.

Triple hammer blows
dance with glee across my chest.
Falling to the ground
I lay upon foreign soil,
no more a killer of men.

So bright the shadows
my eyes burning red sunsets.
Dark lies of sorrow
from death, the taker of souls
as I except his embrace.

Blue sky bitter black
where have all the angels gone?
Alone and dying
I whisper, Lord, where are you?
Dear Jesus, I must atone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 thoughts on “And fell a soldier”

  1. Yes, brilliant imagery. I haven’t read your work for a long time now, but that was not through choice. I’m pleased I have found it again.

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