Thursday, 5 May 2011

Another competition - another poem! This time the theme was 'Going Home.'

Dusk in Afghanistan

He looks for beauty in this brutal game
Amongst the bitter dust of Helmand,
And finds it in the sun’s splendour;
Its amber rays caressing the mountain range
As army boots leave prints in the earth,
As barren as unanswered wishes.
He finds no flower to press against his face and smell
Memories of his wife’s perfume.
Waning daylight cling to rocks,
Holding back the invading night
Where silent terror lurks unseen.
And evil crouches, exhaling poison as it waits
Squabbling insects dance and torment,
Biting and sucking his pink-parched skin.
He thinks of England’s gentle rain
Dimpling puddles under pewter skies,
And sighs.
Dusk creeps onwards darkening his thoughts,
As the Reaper hides nearby,
Planning a repulsive requiem,
Whilst searching for the next soul
To steal from loved-ones across the sea,
The soldier wipes his furrowed brow
Wrinkled like the wind-blown dunes.
Eyes raised, he looks into the navy sky;
A shared constellation with home.
Moving onwards
Past peripheral shadows of outcrops,
Like broken teeth in a rotting mouth.
Tears roll down the hardest face each silent night
In this foreign land, where each man dreams
Of going home.

By Angela Barton


  1. Very nice, Angela. Very nice.

    I wish all the soldiers could go home and be with their families.

  2. Ange - that is powerful and sad and so really beautiful. I read it over several times to drink in the words. You are a truly talented poet. Thank you for sharing it.x

  3. Thank you so much Janice and Angela. I truly appreciate your support and encouragement. xx

  4. That was beautiful. You paint the picture so vividly of the thoughts these brave soldiers have.

    CJ xx

  5. I'm so glad you thought so Kathryn. Thanks for popping by. Oh! great photos on your post btw! xx

  6. Beautiful poem Ange. And a very striking image.
    I'm awarding you the Versatile Blogger badge, with the 7 reveals and 7 blog recommendations if you accept.

  7. Absolutely fantastic!
    Simply the best of the best!!

  8. Thank you so much Carol and 'Fresh Garden.' I can't tell you how you put a smile on my face when I know someone has enjoyed my poems. Thank you, thank you!!