Not in this place

Author: W. K. Hayes

Not in this place

 

A group of nine people, with me being one

Found ourselves trapped in a house with no gun

 

Zombies lurked everywhere outside our barricade

As we hid inside frightened as they moaned in decay

 

One woman asked if we would be safe

Some heavyset guy replied, “Not in this place.”

 

“Where should we go”, she asked him nervously

“We’re safe for now”, I replied while looking out to see

 

A woman across the street was, forced to the ground

As her blood splattered from their mouths in a sucking sound

 

They did not see us or know we were there

They simply drained her of her life without a care

 

We remained hunkered down deep into the night

When the foolish woman screamed out in fright

 

The zombies had found us and fought to get in

As everyone scattered from the living room and started hiding

 

I found a cabinet in the kitchen and grabbed a can of scent

Then I crawled inside and locked the cabinet from within

 

Quickly, I sprayed the concentrated evergreen

Hoping to mask my scent from the evil, zombies

 

All I could do was cradle myself and quietly cry

As I listened to those, eight fight for their lives and die

 

I remained there listening to the gnashing of bone

Until the zombies left, leaving me all alone

 

It was a night I will never forget as it stays in my mind

Of death and bloodlust of the absolute unkind

 

But, when the sun came up the nightmare had gone away

Leaving behind a trail of death in that blood-soaked place

 

In time, I discovered another survivor named Kim

Who had hidden in her house before they had broke in

 

She showed me a picture of the family she had lost

Then, I realized war is like this in the price that it costs

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

This is a pretty graphic, chilling piece, Keith...but then, so is war. Is it tacky to inquire if this is factual or fiction? Yikes! I hope that is not a fax paus on my part...probably is, knowing me, but inquiring minds and all that jazz...anyways, an interesting, poignant read!


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

This poem is a refelction of war. Of having soldiers invading a home with lights, guns and without mercy. Everyday, around the world, this happens in real life.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Two quotes from my father (USMC ret.) come to mind.....

"No real soldier ever wants to go to war, but war is a sometimes necessary evil." and "War is Hell." (he may have stolen that last one from Chesty Puller or Patton) In any case, I agree with tnderhrt, a very chilling piece of poetry, that I think pretty much captures the horrors of war.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Thank you K. Burns Darling

War is not a subtle place and the scars it leaves are fears, for life.

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