Poem for the end of a war

Some people continue to deny the truth, no matter what war or conflict is being fought. My least favorite group are the Holocaust deniers.

Pacific Paratrooper

B-29 air raid damage in Hachioji, Japan, 1 Aug. 1945

The End and the Beginning

After every war
someone has to clean up.
Things won’t
straighten themselves up, after all.

Someone has to push the rubble
to the side of the road,
so the corpse-filled wagons
can pass.

GI hooks a tow rope to a Type 97 Te-Ke tank during cleanup of the Okinawa battlefields at the end of WWII in 1945.

Someone has to get mired
in scum and ashes,
sofa springs,
splintered glass,
and bloody rags.

Someone has to drag in a girder
to prop up a wall,
Someone has to glaze a window,
rehang a door.

Photogenic it’s not,
and takes years.
All the cameras have left
for another war.

We’ll need the bridges back,
and new railway stations.
Sleeves will go ragged
from rolling them up.

U.S. and Japanese soldiers collaborate to rebuild Japan

Someone, broom…

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13 thoughts on “Poem for the end of a war”

  1. Heavy sigh indeed. In the 21st century, we are still denying science, but I have not hear anyone deny evolution in a while. History is often denied because the winner usually determines how it was written. Hugs back at you.

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  2. I have often wondered what is wrong with the likes of the Holocaust Deniers, but I’ve never found an answer that makes sense…..probably because when people are sick in the head, there is no explanation that makes sense.

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  3. I left a comment on GP’s bog that compares this to your post on the forgotten airplane mechanic.
    Like you, I feel the holocaust deniers are the worst. And today’s COVID deniers spring from the same cesspool.

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