and This Peom gets me wondering “Casualties”

Posted: August 3, 2013 in Arise and Shine, Da Grace Race, Entertainment, HMMMM, Naija Scene, Opinion, The Grind Theorem, Touchstone
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We are all casualties. I am dedicating this poem to African Especially to those that have lost someone since the insurgency began in Northern Nigeria. My heart goes out to them and to all the soldiers holding it down on the Battle front. Please be safe.
“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon. but that we wait so long to begin it”~~~W.M. Lewis

THE CASUALTIES: John Pepper Clark

The casualties are not only those who are dead;
They are well out of it.

The casualties are not only those who are wounded,
Thought they await burial by installment

The casualties are not only those who have lost
Person or property, hard as it is
To grape for a touch that some
May not know is not there

The casualties are not those led away by night;
The cell is a cruel place, sometimes a heaven,
No where as absolute as the grave

The casualties are not those who started
A fire and now cannot put to out. Thousands
Are burning that had no say in the matter.

The casualties are not only those who escaping
The shattered shell become prisoners in
A fortress of falling walls.

The casualties are many, and a good number well
Outside the scene of ravage and wreck;
They are the emissaries of rift,
So smug in smoke-room they haunt abroad,
They are wandering minstrels who, beating on
The drum of human heart, draw the world
Into a dance with rites it does not know
The drum overwhelm the guns…
Caught in the clash of counter claims and charges
When not in the niche others have left,

We fall.
All casualties of war,

Because we cannot hear other speak,
Because eyes have ceased to see the face from the crowd,
Because whether we know or
Do not know the extent of wrong on all sides,
We are characters now other than before

The war began, the stay- at- home unsettled
By taxes and rumor, the looter for office
And wares, fearful everyday the owners may return,

We are all casualties,
All sagging as are
The case celebrated for kwashiorkor,
The unforeseen camp-follower of not just our war.

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