remembrance of civilians

who remembers them
mere collateral damage
in our wars of choice?

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© former Specialist Fifth Class Gregory V Driscoll 2015

U. S. wars of choice since 1954: Laos, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Serbia, Afghanistan, No-Fly-Zone War post-Iraq I, Iraq II, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen

walking in the woods

spring   blithe young maples
flirt  then cavort with the wind
the old gray oak scowls

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2015

after I first saw her (for Lan)

each day I behold her
this young woman who naked bathes
in my dreams dressed only in shadows
cast by the palm trees in early evening
each day I behold her
this goddess who rules the peace
the fury of love    this sweet country girl
from paradise itself

and I tell myself truths
and I tell myself lies

I fill my heart with dreams
and with illusions until to myself
I say  Bacchus am I   ever ready
to be torn asunder
by petite pink and white fingers
of longing    an eye charged with tears am I
bitter and sweet all at once   a star without light
sun benumbed save when she sets me aflame

and because I thought so    because I said so
so was it done    so has it happened

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2015

spending the night

brass bedstead    moonlight
shadows moving on the wall
dreams    mourning doves    dawn

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2015

grandfather’s dream

I see children read
trees bud    fields of tulips bloom
I hear children sing
butterflies flutter    bees dance
everything’s right with the world

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2015

springtime walk

sky borne frescoes drift
white clouds  azure gaps  light breeze
sunlight’s sweet caress

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2015

watching Lyra’s children

flecks scattering light
fall swiftly through the night sky
like dreams gone awry

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2015