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One Wife's Laments.

Updated on May 30, 2022

All that is awarded to widows of war are painful personal effects, useless medals and a folded flag.

Freedom has a price that is paid in the most painful of ways by a soldiers, widowed wife

One Wife's Lament.

Empty, crushed, alone 
this dirge I wail
of wedded vows rent 
asunder by a hammer's fall.

What was lead-ached 

in his chest, 
now brings lead-aches 

to my penciled woes,
of my own severing 

I can attest, 
from the sweet dreams 

pursed in my soul,
of a true love I would cherish
since I was just a wee lass.
now gone forevermore
My hope chest beaten 

with bare fists
my breasts plated 

in bitter herbs,

exiled to the 
isle of widowhood,
from when last my love 
left his most cherished 
embarking over desert sands.

Bound to the king's guard
in pursuit of the oiled palms
of wealthy lords blood-lust,
killing barbarians for black gold,
under pretenses 
of massive catapults.

Wizards weaving 
weapons of mayhem
that would set my 
beloveds homeland at risk,
forked tongues in castle walls
instigating unnecessary battle. 

Secret schemes 
becoming endless screams,
in the cradle of 
Babylon.... rocked,
and so he bid me 
wait as he set off
to slay the fictional 
dragons others raised.

Without any proper armor, 
rushed to fight
in chariots rendered coffins 
by strength's lack,
flag draped and wheel-less, 
ruined he returned
in the belly of a 
winged sarcophagus
his dissembled heart 
penned deeply in a plot,
that wrote not of 
our once forever love.

The stench of death dissolved 
the bonds we pledged,
I'm wed to a stone cross, 
and flower beds,
Golgotha times ten 
thousand crosses raised,
near one that breaks
 my heart at Arlington.

They bade him dwell in 
earth's cave where he'll sleep,
amidst hiber-nations 
of young men entombed,
while I at daybreak 
wander, bringing wreaths
of poppy's much like 
he might have been known,
by our tiny sired flesh, 
their poppy gone.

Before the seed was sown, 
now fallow fields,
embrace his flesh, 
held tight by mother earth,
while far above his 
one love weeps his loss, 
while other sobs are heard 
on distant slopes.

One wonders that 
the tears in gallons shed,
would not have bloomed 
an endless daisy field,
of petals left un-plucked 
by those who rot,
who whisper once I loved, 
but love is naught,
it lies slain in the 
last battle they fought.
During useless war 
that callous leaders sought.
six feet above the 
somber widows wring
their empty hands and 
hearts then stagger home,
and leave behind their 
dreams reduced to bone.
Awarded only 
personal effects
with useless medals 
and a folded flag
with all I wanted
in a body bag
as bagpipes fade across
the hills above
wailing thier 
long sad notes 
for my lost love 

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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