A Poem by G. R. Webster - 68th Pilot
filled clouds of earlier peace
the hot, glaring, cloudless sky
the sprawling dry-wet waste of long abandoned fields,
over with weapons and rations,
young, green, government issued soldiers
by self whispered thoughts
constantly shifting wild eyed glances.
baggy, camouflaged outlines,
their nervous random movements,
toward the distant, unknown
in a village of forgotten dwellings
small, lean, black clad men lie quietly
well used mortar tube.
six polished marble eyes
the slow splashing progress of the approaching enemy
an invisible registration point
the next battle.
quick smooth movements
slide round after round into the tube
a pop-whoosh sounds breaks the total calm
barely visible objects on a long arching trajectory
its ignorant target
flatten themselves to the ground
black-orange vapor balls crack the silence
outward, flashing brightly, and disappearing
a bursting mist of man made rain to shower softly
groups of jerking, bewildered, limbless men,
young, inquisitive, searching minds,
frozen forever in permanent shock.
sinking bodies spread great, black-red blood pools
life in widening rings.
the distance, an awkward, spinning, screaming helicopter
flares steeply and comes to a nervous hover,
its aluminum skids in the red-rippled waters.
linked plastic masked shapes,
with senseless urgency
among the now lifeless, green, polyester bundles
hesitatingly from the surface.
steady ribbons of hot accelerated metal
from the old village
to the machines’ bright red cross
brilliantly inside clean white squares
pop pings sound randomly
the hollow, olive drab fuselage sides.
helicopter, passively accepting
insult of the dry rape for one long moment,
is seized epileptically in a violent,
high frequency convulsion
shaped metal parts spin erratically
themselves to death.
from the tangled, bubbling, metal mass
of flames spread
hiss-splashes of molten metal alloys
in the water
threads of smoke rise softly
long, black, carbon vapor spirals
proclaiming the horror of war
A Poem by
G. R. Webster
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