Friday, September 23, 2022

Brought back home in body-bags!

                                                                                                 Author: Alex Proimos
Image: Devastation (here)

Very familiar occurrence
The sign of times
Currently in many parts of the globe
Wandering amidst the debris
And man-made destruction
Staccato bursts of gunfire
Intimidating to the populace
Hearing bombs in the distance
Frightening to those under siege
Melodious to the marauders

Embedded with a detachment
Seeing action before his own eyes
The newsman and photographer
Unarmed, untrained, unaccounted for
Who could only sigh and hope
That the next sniper’s target
Would not have him at the crosshairs
As did some of his colleagues
Who had been there earlier
Unfortunate enough to be seen
And later picked up still in camouflage
But wet, bathed red with their own blood
Unsung, unknown but just another
To add to the growing number
Of the forgotten victims of human conflict
Not directly involved
Who dared to be in the front
Just so for the benefit of those
Back home sitting sipping coffee
Comfortably in front of the idiot box
Waiting eagerly for the latest

From the newsmen with pads or cameras
Whose numbers are increasingly
Brought back home in body-bags!

Rosemary's at PSU - Friday Writings -War and Peace


  1. Dear Hank, I often think of the journalists and camera operators who are covering war around the world .... I can't imagine a job like that. Yet they go, do what they have to do ... tell us and show us what is happening.

  2. Oh dear, such sad truths you detail here!

  3. Such a sad post Hank, makes ones own problems seem small.
    Take care.

  4. Hank the above comment came from me, why it showed up as anonymous is a mystery.
    As I said a very sad post.
    Take care.

  5. They take such a risk but knowing it going in. They are just not prepared like fighters are. Very sad.

  6. The truth written out, is so sad to read. This is so well written, Hank.