Poem: Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

My love exploded in a thousand pieces

as she stepped to pick a wild flower

Her dreams vapourised in a sulphurous light

In a thunderous clap of power


I stood on the hill deaf, dumb and blinded

The air reeked of her blood

Pieces of her flew over my head

My mind emptied of thoughts that fled


Of blue eyes and raven hair

Of soft touches and kind words

Of lying with our hands entwined

Hearts fluttering like birds


Of innocence and promises

Of futures lost and burnt

My dreams wrecked and scattered

All our lives turned


She was no soldier

No land to claim or invade

She came to pick flowers

She didn't come here to be slayed


The war is over they said

The leaders met and drank wines

Their malice still littered our lands

Under the wildflowers, land mines.


Mohan Kumar

Originally published in A collection of souls : an anthology of war poems for Princess Diana's Landmine appeal.


Landmine problems across the world

© 2011 Mohan Kumar

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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

The Beauty and the beast personified. If God created this then he should be able to fix it NOW! Great stuff Docmo

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sofs 6 years ago

Powerful! while leaders drink smooth wines lives are snuffed out for no fault of theirs... a stark portrayal of today's reality! Great work.. never stop! Best wishes!!

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Just Ask Susan 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Makes me sad.

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cookingdiva 6 years ago


I think you should publish poems, you are surely will sell some copies. Lovely.

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Fossillady 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Oh how awful, thanks for bringing this problem to light. Your poetry was beautiful and sad!

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jantamaya 6 years ago from UK

Great, sad, with memories of Lady Di, written. :-|

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escribir 6 years ago

Very moving, thanks for sharing

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Thanks you all for your kind comments. The issue of land mines was publicised and championed by Princess Diana passionately. The poem intends to capture the sadness and the horror of innocent lives being lost to this abomination and it still lurks in may parts of the world. The governments which don't consider it hard to lay these down during conflict indiscriminately think it is an expensive exercise to remove them fully... are innocent lives so disposable?

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so touching and beautiful. Thank you.

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sonia05 6 years ago from india

simply awesome!!!

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

@always exploring- thank you so much.

@sonia05 - Much appreciated. Thanks.

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richtwf 6 years ago

Probably one of the worst and certainly most indiscriminate takers of life.

A strong well written message.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I liked your poem as beautiful as the wild flower. Thanks for writing this. All the pictures are stunning. Take care!


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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you rich, my friend.

Thanks prasetio30 for dropping in and your comments.

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

Docmo...this is lovely...your words are so strong and beautiful....GPAGE

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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia

A beautiful heart touching poem, reminding us all of the horror of war and the damage done to the innocent.

you are very very gifted, I am so glad to be fan

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

I am delighted to have you read my work, nighthag, It is truly rewarding to be appreciated. Many Thanks.

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PenMePretty 6 years ago from Franklin

Docmo, I sent you two messages. I think I wrote them in my section. Oh well, I am a blond! :-) Let me know if you find them. I wrote them under your comments. You also have a fan, major. I am so impressed with your writing. I love your profile. If you didn't get my messages to you, I will rewrite them. I know it says I've been on 6 mos. but only a couple of days. Your writing takes me someplace I have never been before.

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Got them, no worries. Thank you so much for your appreciation x

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PenMePretty 6 years ago from Franklin

Beyond awesome...always "Wild Flowers" totally exceptional

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Docmo 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you, I am humbled as always from your appreciation - as your talent is something I admire also.

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Justsilvie 5 years ago

Very beautiful and very sad.

I hope you don't mind a small promo for the cause:

10 Things You Can Do to rid the world of landmines and cluster munitions

Whether you have 10 minutes, one hour or plenty of time, you can help build a world free of landmines and cluster munitions! The strength of the ICBL comes from the involvement of people like YOU at the local, national and international levels.


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Docmo 5 years ago from UK Author

@Justsilvie- thank you very much. No, I don't mind at all as every little helps. Thanks for the link!

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fucsia 5 years ago

Very lovely poem!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Eerie, haunting and horrific. Thank you for bringing attention to this problem in such a powerful form. Rated up and bookmarked.

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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Wow! Thank you so much for this wonderful poem and message. Very powerful, you got some good hubs going on here. Glad I read this one, Love it!

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@fuscia- thank you!

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Denise - thank you for your comments- this problem needs to be reminded as much as we can - it is in danger of being ignored once it lost celebrity supporters...

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Ruby H. Much appreciated. I am glad you like the hubs and the message.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


This poem is hauntingly beautiful, penned with heart and a great command of emotion.

Voted UP & ABI. Hugs, Maria

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

Mohan (Docmo),

This is powerful and chilling writing that gets the point across in a way that countless people will understand.

You can now add anti-landmine advocate to your polymath list if you haven't already done so.

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

This one brought a tear to my eye, life is unfair. For no fault of yours - a harsh punishment. Great work. Voted up.

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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

WOW. what a contrast of beauty and violence! very powerful reminder of how unfailr life on this planet can be.

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Your style of writing makes the poem come alive and speak to me!

War is such a menace... I could feel the poor fate of the girl...

The power in your write was compelling enough to make me think on a moral train of thought...

Brilliant write my friend

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D.Juris Stetser 4 years ago from South Dakota

Oh my God! I'm literally covered with goosebumps, near tears and terribly shocked...This is so far from what I've read of your work, and the stark surprise just took my breath away...how heartbreaking and your map of the land mines...I had no idea...horrible. Doc you did an incredible piece again. Stunning. not hyperbole here either, it Stuns! Voting up of course, awesome, and 'terribly' beautiful.

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KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Docmo, you did it once again: shared a wonderful and beautiful poem. :)

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I am speechless. This is a beautiful poem.

I voted it UP and awesome.

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi Docmo. Oh, what a deplorable thing has happened here. Such serene beauty disrupted by absolute violence. A shocking and forever life changing instant...which, in so many ways; will last a lifetime. Some things are not forgotten and never, fully, heal. Beautifully written; this stirs so many feelings. UP Awesome Beautiful even in the face of extreme devastation. kathy

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Very vivid description of the destruction of war. Beautiful yet deep. Touching and moving. Voted up.

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

How sad and true. The wars of us all are never truly over, even after we are each dead and gone. This high emotion in this work is only exceeded by it passion and despair. Thank you for sharing this, my friend.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mohan, very stark but still tender. It is too awful to imagine that this has really happened and still happens to innocent people. You really captured it in this poem.

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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Profound, chilling, beautiful poetic justice to an issue that does not get enough attention. The tendency to think war is over when the soldiers come home is grievious. This was a stark reminder of the reality. Thank you for remembering thevictims of war that are often overlooked.

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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wow! Not what I was expecting but very beautiful and heart wrenching.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I could have sworn I had read this beautiful poem before and commented on it.....Just want to say how much I liked this reminder of the land mine problem.

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

Mohan (Docmo),

I'm sharing your very powerful piece of writing once again. Everyone should be made aware that the problem still exists.

I know a US Marine who was awarded the Purple Heart. A land mine exploded while he was walking down a trail, and some shrapnel went into his eye. He waited quite a few years before he had the metal removed. Thankfully, he didn't lose his sight.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Beautiful write Docmo--you make the appeal so convincingly--

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Beautiful! What a touching post, Docmo. It is a bit sad, but it speaks loudly of how wars affect our lives.

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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Awesome! What a touching poem! Thanks for sharing your talent Docmo.

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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

I came back to read and share your very powerful and chilling poem once again. This is among the very best of your writing, my friend.

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Just came back to read it again--powerful and emotional piece

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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Oh, Docmo, this poem makes more of a statement against land minds than any political group could. This is so beautiful and tragic and the photos are beautiful also. You have a talent and a knack for reaching our hearts and souls with your poetry. I am never the same after reading a 'Docmo poem'. You forever change our perspectives with your poetry. Brilliant!

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful poem and thank you for sharing this link Suzette ;and of course a great big thank you to the author for sharing also.

Have a wonderful day to you both.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Made my heart pound with emotion. Passing this on.

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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi Doc, I've just found this incredible poem on the international poetry site, the wild flowers caught my eyes and lead me to your page.

This is fragile, compelling, beautiful and so powerful. One can't help but be deeply touched by your words, especially when many innocent children are inheriting the terrible legacy. Your poems never fails to hit the mark, this is no exception.

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