Poem: The Sniper

The Sniper
The Sniper

The Sniper

I write this for you

As I lie on the field

The enemy front is across

These trees are my shield


I hope this finds you

In good health and peace

My love to the kids

and all my kisses please


I love you so much

my heart aches

your soothing words

is all it takes


I miss your touch

your warmth, your smell

The thoughts of you

is what sees me through hell


The skirmish isn't over

Most of my men are dead

Wherever I see

The grass is stained red


I don't know how many

Enemies are there

I am thirsty and hungry

And I don't care


All I have left

I am afraid

Is my sniper rifle

And a knife blade


I look through the sight

Of my rifle's scope

A few rounds left

Are my only hope.


Smoke curls up

From across the hill

There is no wind

The air is still.


I spot the enemy soldier

Lying on a mount

My trigger finger tightens

And I start to count.


I am not known to

Stop or hesitate

But I saw something

That made me wait


He was also sprawled

With his head bowed

I could see him also writing

A letter to his beloved.


I put the gun away

And fade into the trees.

To finish his letter

I shall leave him in peace.


We are not enemies

Just pawns on a board

Tired and aching

To go home to their loved


© 2010 Mohan Kumar

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Comments 19 comments

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abradford55 6 years ago from Howell,MI

that was good stuff right there keep on going

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Thanks, abradford55!

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richtwf 6 years ago

That's a great poem Mo and I really enjoyed it - A real pleasure. Touching story and written wonderfully.

I look forward to your next one!

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

thank you richtwf, appreciated!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Wow! That was such a touching poem and so true. Awesome, rated up.

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you very much, Pamela99. I wrote this for all those who brave the wars for their country - it is so easy to forget humanity!

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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY

Wow, very human.

Thanks for sharing.

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Thanks for reading! N.E. you are most welcome.

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Just Ask Susan 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Really enjoyed reading this one!

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Just Ask Susan. very much indeed.

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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Good poem and it didn't lead where I expected. Believable and full of feelings. Nice work.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Beautiful poem! A chilling letter from a sniper who may not make it home, yet has some humanity left.

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cynamans 4 years ago from Washington DC

Great poem Docmo,

very powerful writing. voted up, interesting and awesome.

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

thank you, cynamans. much appreciated.

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

This poem illustrates how truly sensitive you are to the feelings of others. It's brilliant, my friend!

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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Such a beautiful poem! Very touching, I loved it. Up and awesome! :)

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. As tragic as it is the love here shines through and it's beautiful. Passing this on.

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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

This was so real I could hear his heart beat faintly as if too tired to move.

Combat is truly not what humans were born to encounter in this life---but the love of friends and family. However, the greedy leaders sometimes make it a much to fight.

Have a great Thursday.

Bobbi Purvis

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Lee Cloak 23 months ago

Sublime verse, very very touching, one I will read again and again,thanks

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