They boil in hatred,
witness disregard of life
violence erupts.

She simmers in pain,
cancer invades her body,
prayer uplifts her soul.

December Poetry Challenge, Day 1: Write a two phrase poem: begin by looking out and away from yourself. What do you see, hear, find? Then narrow your gaze, almost as if you were tightening the focus on a movie camera. What’s close at hand? Make these two elements speak as one poem. Employ brevity. Dedicated to a dear friend.



8 thoughts on “Battle

  1. Misky December 2, 2015 / 5:16 am

    This is a splendid poem. You did very well with that prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian December 2, 2015 / 7:16 am

      Your compliment is so appreciated! Thankful I am this early morn.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Ana Linden December 2, 2015 / 6:53 am

    The individual tragedy is so well underlined after creating a background of collective drama… I really like how you managed to convey the succinct, yet powerful message, Lillian.

    Liked by 2 people

    • lillian December 2, 2015 / 7:17 am

      So very nice to see your response over my first cup of coffee this morning. You made my day, Ana. Many thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ana Linden December 2, 2015 / 12:46 pm

        That’s perfect 🙂 I was also enjoying a nice cup of coffee while reading your poem.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Melinda Kucsera December 2, 2015 / 9:36 am

    you have captured the essence of suffering in this one and it’s stunningly presented.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian December 2, 2015 / 9:42 am

      Doesn’t seem quite right to hit Like on this. But your reply is so so appreciated. Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

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