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Frank E Gibbard

You shell me

And I shell you

It’s what we

Soldiers do

The civilians

In between

Die

We civilians

Always

Do

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Potent, a distillation, which leaves my head spinning. Wonderous, and way, way true (an Oakland inflection)

 

Loved it...

 

 

DC

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Aleksandra

Short, compact and powerful. Here the truth is woven with a couple of words. I like this a lot.

 

Aleksandra

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth - Jean Cocteau

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goldenlangur

Hello Frank,

 

 

This concise piece evokes the spectre of the first Iraq war when 'collateral' damage was used to describe death and destruction of innocent civilians. Your poem shows that the horror is no less all these years later in Gaza.

 

 

 

 

goldenlangur

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Even a single enemy is too many and a thousand friends too few - Bhutanese saying.

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A powerful evocation, Frank. I imagine the narrator as a soldier ready to kill another soldier who is ready to kill him. Each must be looking at the other, if only for a split second, wondering, "Why"???

 

Tony

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