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November 11 - Armistice Day

An Alexandrine and a Mantinada

By Patrick M. OhanaPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
November 11 - Armistice Day
Photo by corina ardeleanu on Unsplash

In a friendly fire field, they fell, failing to fly

Finitude of fodder, familiar foemen

To die or not to be, to be or not to die

Was it another deterministic omen

They ran, stopped, aimed, missed, maimed, killed, tumbled down and up

Trying to remember if life was a given

Whether they will have the time to break up the cup

Of tin — it was not made of steel — being driven

If at least it had been the last war of brothers

With their fathers and an abundance of strangers

Mothers and childhoods left behind as all others

Benchmarking some subjective risks and real dangers

Corresponding conflicts continued and followed

The earth, the sea and the air most of them swallowed


A panoply of poppies appeared throughout the years after.

From red, a few anthi* flowered in blue and white hereafter.


* flowers, in Greek

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About the Creator

Patrick M. Ohana

A medical writer who reads and writes fiction and some nonfiction, although the latter may appear at times like the former. All my stories (over 2,200 pieces) will be available on shakespearesshoes.blog.

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