Lights`Out

Henry Moore   en.wikipedia.org

Henry Moore    en.wikipedia.org

We were children then
leaving our toys in the yard
when mother would call us in
‘Bedtime!’ she would shout
and too soon ‘Lights`Out!’

Too soon we turned men
trading cap`guns for rifles
Capture the Flag for combat
‘Kill or be killed!’ he’d shout
‘or it will be Lights`Out!’

We came home strangers
not just to friends but to self
the echoes of war ever in mind
sleepless we dreamt the war
afraid to turn Lights`Out!

Too soon we grew so old
we couldn’t even remember
when bitten by war’s venom
our red blood turned black
and we knew ‘Lights`Out!’

“For nursery days are gone, nightmare is
real and there are no good Fairies.
The fox’s teeth are in the bunny
and nothing can remove them, honey.” ~ Gavin Ewart

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to Lights`Out

  1. John says:

    Didn’t know you were a vet, Peter. Delivered 30 copies of ‘Blood Trails’ published by Dry Crik Press to the Veterans Writing Workshop at the Elko Gathering, stayed longer than I planned, met some fine people wanting to present their unique perspectives, often scary stuff!

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  2. sensitive tribute to wounded warriors everywhere

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