Camouflaged Targets

Soldiers prepare for Expert Infantry Badge and...

Flashes of orange . . .
a black night and grains
of sand coating sweaty hands
clenching cold,
green metal — hard steel,
dead-aimed at targets
selected by someone
other than camouflaged soldiers
who murmur prayers
that war
might be exchanged
for peace.

© Copyright 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols

10 comments on “Camouflaged Targets

  1. Very thought (and emotion) provoking Freeda. I hope you had a good 4th of July.


    • Thanks, Inger, and yes, my 4th of July was good. Our children and their families were with us on the weekend prior to the 4th for our annual get-together. So, for the 4th, had only one daughter still with us, and of course, our son and family next door, who are with us often. We had a good, relaxing day. I hope your 4th of July was also good. It’s quieter here today without our offspring. 🙂


  2. spunkonastick says:

    That is powerful.


  3. Catherine Johnson says:

    Perfect poem for today, Freeda. Happy 4th to you.


  4. Dorothy Johnson says:

    That is the way of war. Wish all our troops were safe at home.


  5. serious toplc this morning…thinking of our men/women who have given to their country in a military manner…
    God Bless them…and thanks for Independence… Let’s hope we continue to have!


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