The Waves of War

The Waves of War

A Poem by SeemsPoetic
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A poem for the fallen.

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The Waves of War     original poem

By: SEEMSPOETIC


I've risen up from the bottom

I’ve free fallen from the top

I'm down to earth

But the free fall never stopped

I was eventually battered by the waves

Hit my head on the rocks

I drifted for days

I awoke surrounded by the ocean so misty and clouded in this grayish haze

Just like the sea

I felt sometimes so clear blue and so free

Then sometimes I felt as deep and as black as could be

The world had cast me away because I had questioned its wars

I had questioned its ways

Once again

The silver lining that had been behind this life had withered and frayed


As I looked around

Bullets began to stray

The ocean was flipped upside down

The sea floor became a battleground

Barbed wire raised

The ditches sunk

The scene unfolded into a battlefront

But that grayish haze didn't change

You couldn't mistake the sound  

The struggles

The shouts

The whizz of the bullets

The doubts

The moments of silence

I’m thrown back by the sight

The bloodshed

The violence

The sound and sight of artillery shells as they shatter the ground

Covered by the ash strewed grass

Once again

I'm thrown back

I was battered by the blast

I hit my head on a rock

Out cold

No longer than three minutes I'd last. . .

Bled out on the already blood stained grass

They arrived with a letter after only a day passed

My mother. . .

Her heart shattered like glass

My father. . .

To his knees he collapsed

An honorable death in the letter somewhere it read

But so many words left unsaid


Wasted life

Jesus Christ

What a pointless sacrifice

Sleepless nights

Sorrow filled flicker of the candle lights

Devastating letters to family. . .


Just wait till’ dad sees. . .

The 21 guns salute

The flag strewn casket

Inside his son. . .

Who he, himself, taught to shoot a gun at 6 years young

Lil’ sis’ still can't grasp it

Too young to understand the senselessness of a topic so sensitive


There truly is no sense in this

Our patriotic grievances

With all these wars and smothered grins

I wonder if anyone actually still believes in sins

I myself no longer see the light

I try so hard to catch another glimpse

I once saw it as a young boy

But then I grew up

The shadow of the real world was too immense

So it died out back then

I haven't seen it since


The human race

The United States

Says it strives for peace

Yet the world’s becoming more and more of a crazy place

They think being capable of the most destruction keeps us safe

Yet it's dangerous so they develop destructive weapons behind closed gates

The sins of humanity are clearly pointed out in our history

We've had two world wars soon to be three. . .

Undoubtedly. . .

Guess Planet Earth is now a wars world

It is this that makes the world so unworldly



One race

One world

Divided we've always stood

Divided we'll inevitably fall

Tripped over our own two feet

Caught up in the waves when our engines stall

Capsized by the waves of our history. . .

Sometimes so clear blue and so free

Then sometimes as deep and black as could be

History's developing a pattern so sink or swim won't matter

A shadow over our own people we so easily cast

Drowned in the darkness

Caused by the ignorance so easily hidden and masked

Caused by the heartless

So oblivious to the past

It's now just a matter of how long we can hold our breath

How long we'll last


One thousand years won't save our lives

But thousands of lives can be saved for a lifetime if we understand the fact that...

Wars don't determine who is right...

Only who is left

Only who is left to fight another day

It's sad to say

So sad to see

Wish these soldiers could come home and live happily

But when they close their eyes they see their brothers in arms meet their demise

Again and again and they beg and they beg

“Please god when does it end! ”

"What do you want from me? ”

"If it was only me and not them! "

“Why couldn't you have saved my friends? ”

“They were clearly the better men.”

They had wives

They had children

They had lives

Now what fills in?

A flag in a glass case

Right above the fireplace

A picture frame of their smiling face

An angel lost to amazing grace

A silent dinner table . . .

An empty space. . .

A whole future. . .

A whole life. . .


Gone and erased. . .


Lost to The Waves of War




© 2017 SeemsPoetic



Author's Note

SeemsPoetic
Inspired by a composition titled "Free Our Fallen" by The Secession

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This piece flowed, honestly, quite well. That's tough to do with free-verses. But the topic of this is heavy and real, It makes you think so deeply, that's the part that really pulls you into the piece. After I read this poem I had to just sit for a minute to let my emotions sink in. If we just keep fighting and never really learn to achieve peace, we will ruin everything that has been and never truly progress in the right direction. We have these people willing to give up their lives when they shouldn't have to. This loop that we are for some reason stuck on needs to end.

This is an incredible and strong piece.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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This piece flowed, honestly, quite well. That's tough to do with free-verses. But the topic of this is heavy and real, It makes you think so deeply, that's the part that really pulls you into the piece. After I read this poem I had to just sit for a minute to let my emotions sink in. If we just keep fighting and never really learn to achieve peace, we will ruin everything that has been and never truly progress in the right direction. We have these people willing to give up their lives when they shouldn't have to. This loop that we are for some reason stuck on needs to end.

This is an incredible and strong piece.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Uplifting...Thought provoking and heart wrenching piece...Great Great write :-)
I loved it from the beginning to the end...
Waves of war bring lot of sacrifices with it
Brilliant :-)

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

You show a pathetic reality raising those most authentic questions. The futility of the sacrifices rages the hearts. The whole write is a moving truth, leaving the heart heavy. The whole life of a soldier, a whole future gone and erased... Lost to the waves of heart..
A very touching reality in this outstanding write! Thank you for sharing Eric.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lovely Write Eric,This is very well done

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I'm not normally a fan of free verse poetry, but I must say this certainly had me gripped right from the beginning. I couldn't stop reading. The depth of emotion is so dark and powerful, I simply loved it. Thank you, keep writing!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Powerful truth, captures the experience and the aftermath, the senselessness and devastation. Once again, I find hope that though we are generations apart, there are those, like you, who call us to make a lasting peace, stop making excuses, and put down our weapons and destructive power. It is obvious that you have been touched deeply by the losses of war, and are brave enough to use your voice to call out for us to end it.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Love it! I really hope this poem gets more attention because this is something that I'd read in an anthology for my schoolwork, it's so professional. It's so rare to see a poem structured like this, as long as it is. Though the rhythm is jumbled and staggered, the rhyming is almost always concise. It just goes to show the uncertainty and chaos of war. I love the connotations you draw between war and waves, like the ebbing of the water, more wars are waged, more blood is shed. It is a constant cycle as sure as the currents in the sea. The only possible faults I can see within this are some small spelling or grammatical errors that are easily fixed. I really really really do love this poem and it's going into my favourites.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Powerful and amazing. A epic journey into the sad truth of man greed.
"One race
One world
Divided we've always stood
Divided we'll inevitably fall
Tripped over our own two feet
Caught up in the waves when our engine’s stall
Capsized by the waves of our history. . ."
The above are true and if we don't learn soon this is one planet and one people. We can pass the point of no return. A old movie and book. "A day at the beach." Showed the effect of a nuclear weapon. If we don't find the road to peace and calm. We will leave nothing for the children. Thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

SeemsPoetic

1 Year Ago

Coyote Poetry, I am excited to see your feedback on my work, much appreciated
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

You are welcome. You are a amazing writer.

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Tags: War, Tragedy, Fallen, Soldiers, Story, Sad, Violence, Lost, Waves, World, Humanity, Divided, Fall, History, Cost, Prose

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Green Bay, WI



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