Sunday, 16 November 2014

Love in the Time of War

World War II Picture Hyde Park

When little hands pick food crumbs

Cities bellow fire and wrath

Death promises a visit to all homes

The busy Swans’ shenanigans

Petrify all sobbing Ledas*


We see old peasants till lands

Youths drown in their beloved’s eye

Life dances out of dark wombs

White shroud begins to melt

Crocuses smile all over



*Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces or rapes Leda. Wikipedia


Posted for Kerry’s SundayMini-Challenge ~ In Other Words @ Real Toads




Shared with Poetry Pantry @ PoetsUnited      


The poem is also inspired by Thomas Hardy’s In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’