“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones” — Albert Einstein

Sunday, December 14, 2014


photograph by Robert Doisneau

Oh, for war's sweet end,
to be grounded in home,
freed from the smells
of goreI mean glory.
We kiss and
we kiss
and would do it again
do it all over again,
not me, not us, but them
they'll do it again 
for there's always a them
a new wave of them
who yearn for the glory
of the lock and load,
for the trill of the bugle
and the fame of a kiss.

This image comes from Magpie Tales, the blog dedicated to honing the pens of poets and writers.


Anthony Duce said...

Enjoyed.. You expressed them, and us all, so well.

Magaly Guerrero said...

"...there's always a them—"

I love that line; its truth... its promise that regardless of what happens, they'll always be more.

Anonymous said...

again....! yes !

Anita said...

Yes, there's glory & a nice story :)
Nicely expressed!

Kathe W. said...

fabulous poem- and thanks for visiting my blog! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Yes--one can see a them in both the young and old. Kind of awful. Thanks. k.

kaykuala said...

There is always a them to take over. A never-ending story but at least with lots of love around it! Wonderful take Yvonne!


Mama Zen said...

Well done!

Björn Rudberg said...

Them.. Yes I can feel the observers feeling - them.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you so much,

Yes, always more, the endless strife. Thanks.

Thank you!


Thank you and you're welcome!

Thanks. Agreed.

Yeah, kinda never-ending. Thanks.

Thank you!

Hey, thanks, I wasn't even considering the observers, but you're right.

Taryn Tyler said...

Beautiful. Tragic but beautiful.

Tess Kincaid said...

"...gore--I mean glory"...clever and powerful...

Jemi Fraser said...

This is one of my favourites!!! Great imagery - and sadly, there's always a them

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you so much. And thanks for mentioning me via Twitter. I don't tweet much so that was a special treat.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you! Hey, I like your photo.

Thank you so much!!

Wendy said...

Yep, there's always 'them'. Whoever they are!

Good stuff, Yvonne. As always :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Oh, to be young and enjoy first kisses again! Goes from "us" to "them" so quickly!

Liza said...

This touched down deep.

Kestril Trueseeker said...

Beautiful description of the young lovers and very thought provoking as well

Other Mary said...

Great take on what is and is not seen in the photo. A thought provoking write Yvonne.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi, and thank you!

Time is indeed fleeting but that's another subject. Thanks for commenting!

Thank you so much. Glad you liked it.

Thank you and welcome to my blog!

Thanks Mary. I appreciate it.

Enigma said...

"the trill of the bugle
and the fame of a kiss."

Brilliant. Makes me think of all the love stories that didn't make it beyond those first kisses.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you.