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Poem: The Sniper

Updated on November 2, 2016
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

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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      Lee Cloak 3 years ago

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

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 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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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

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

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 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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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      thank you, cynamans. much appreciated.

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      cynamans 5 years ago

      Great poem Docmo,

      very powerful writing. voted up, interesting and awesome.

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      Jim Higgins 5 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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      Theresa Ast 6 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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      Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

      Thank you Just Ask Susan. very much indeed.

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      Susan Zutautas 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really enjoyed reading this one!

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      Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

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

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      N.E. Wright 7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      Wow, very human.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

      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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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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      Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

      thank you richtwf, appreciated!

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      richtwf 7 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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      Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks, abradford55!

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      Adam Bradford 7 years ago from Howell,MI

      that was good stuff right there keep on going