The Crunching Leaves...

I stood there,
in the stark silence of night……
I was transposing myself,
into a WWII, environment.

Yes, I had watched the History Channel,
for 4 hours in a row.

I still don’t understand how Japan,
could have forgiven us.
Or, how we could have forgiven them.

I keep hearing Vera Lynn, “We’ll Meet Again.”
And, as I stand on my patio,
with the lights off……
I start hearing sounds……
the crunching of dead grass, and leaves.

I dream,
of how they must have felt…..
in that darkness of night,
of how they must have felt,
when they started shooting in the darkness……….
at sounds,
of crunching leaves…….
in Okinawa.
And, how,
they must have felt,
when they slaughtered those civilians,…..
natives,
Okinawans.

War,
is a sad affair.
Kill, or be killed mentality.

It is a kill or be killed mentallity,
then, rife with remorse…..
and corpses.

February 27, 2012.

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Comments

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 2 years ago

    I feel all war is completely void of true comprehension and is complete and utter horror for me. personally, could not watch or dwell on such a show but your write is a great reminder of the reality, that sadly still exists. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

  • I understand, Shar….. it is very painful to be reminded of the past.
    I think I summed it up, in my post below.
    Love you, and love the ones you’re with xoxoxoxo

    – LauraBroussard

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    Too often the truth behind war is an ugly greed. I do not feed on these shows or news broadcasts because of that. I watch the innocent soldiers leave with courage and honor in their hearts only to hear so many will not be returning. It breaks my heart for their families and the injustice of it. This work is a sad reminder of a time best left in the past where too many lives were lost. Well said.

  • Thank you, Donna for sharing your feelings.
    I just know, though, that if we don’t remember or revisit the past from time to time, we may be apt to make the same mistakes again.
    War is a dreadful thing, but, unfortunately, it will never cease.
    Please read my post, below. xxxxxxx

    – LauraBroussard

  • LauraBroussard
    LauraBroussardover 2 years ago

    I feel that if we don’t revist these times of war, we may forget.
    What sacrifices our men and women have gone through, as well as their families.
    when they started shooting in the darkness……….
    at sounds,
    of crunching leaves…….
    in Okinawa.
    And, how,
    they must have felt,
    when they slaughtered those civilians,…..
    natives,
    Okinawans.

    When this happened in Okinawa, the poor natives were coming for aid and help, and they came over at night, because they felt that was the safer thing to do.
    The American forces were already helping these civilians,
    but, weary and tired, and stressed, and anxious,
    they thought it was the Japanese forces that were coming to kill them,…..
    they opened fire,
    and once they realized what they had done,
    they felt so very very bad, and very very sad and helpless.
    War is never a happy ending,
    but, we should never forget.

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    Absolutely we should never for or honor those who serve. I understand your point it is just unfortunate that we have to feel the need for it. Thank you Laura for following up. Very good remembrance here

  • Thank you, Donna oooo ((((Hugs)))).

    – LauraBroussard

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 2 years ago

    So those souls…dead us crunching leaves..a sound of despair out of their bleeding bodies…and no remorses..I have seen that many utter no remorses..for they were probably others…another essence, another soul, lost in ideologies and beleivings…it is terrible, and I love your writing for it shows a reality in a poetic way thta is really wonderful.
    Rosa

  • Thank you so much, Rosa xx

    – LauraBroussard

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