September 13, 2011


the world turns white
the explosion is blinding
i cannot hear the screams above the ringing in my ears
rubble, carnage and chaos surround me
i try to stand but my devastated body stops me
the world turns red
the blood pours freely from my wounds
soaking into the jungle floor
a medic lies and says i’ll be okay
as his hands work feverishly
trying to stop the blood
the world turns gray
ten minutes ago we were listening to the radio
singing along and laughing
no worries except what we were going to have for dinner
now i am ruined
i try to call out to my mother
but no sound comes
the world turns black

copyright © 2011 Kevin Routh


  1. Very well written. Did you serve in the army by any chance?

  2. @Ramakant: Actually no. I was inspired to write this poem after watching a news story about soldiers being ambushed and killed in Afghanistan. During the story, they interviewed a guy who had served in Vietnam and he was comparing the current conflict to the one he served in 40 years ago. This made me realize that things never really change in War. Sure, the weapons and the 'players' may change, but we are still just sending our young people off to die... Sad.

  3. Wow! Sombre topic, very well dealt with. The use of the colours is a good device.

  4. @Poetry Palace: Thank you!
    @Rosemary: I am honored to have a poet of your caliber visit and comment on my little blog - thank you for your comment!

  5. Good thoughtful poetry. I tinker a bit with travel poetry.
    Take a look-

  6. You’ve got superb talent in creative writing,
    Keep it up.

    Please check out short story slam week 10 prompt today.

    It is great to write and entertain our children,
    Don’t you agree?

    Give it a try,
    Let your beautiful imagination fly.

    Happy Autumn!

  7. Excellent write. Youcapture the hell of war quite vividly.

  8. This is amazing use of words mixed in with color were you ever in the army?

  9. You have used a good palet to describe a terrible episode in history. I like it.

  10. Very well penned. I hate war.

  11. Powerful, really took me into the heart of the horror and realisation of war. Awesome stuff!

  12. I was going to ask if you served in war. It was asked and answered by you.

    But the poem is really answer enough. The question an unnecessary one. You served in a war in some century - some lifetime or you could not write so well about it.

    And some things in war never change.

  13. Interesting idea!
    I love the shift of "colors" and the imagery you create is vivid.

  14. Hello.
    My first time visiting from Thursday Poets Rally.

    Powerful & thought-provoking piece.
    Awesome imagery with the different colors!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Your Song Of Love

  15. Darkly haunting and richly imagist.

  16. creepy and powerful.

    please let us know after you are done returning favors and making a minimum 18 comments,

    Happy Rally.
    Thanks a ton for the beautiful entry and instant participation.


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