Clay and Blood

If they come back they tell
about little children
of the weight of feathers
crawling like snakes
with flat bellies – the envy of many
of those who have bread.

For a bowl of rice
some pick up land mines
risking burials
or prosthetic limbs
for a lifetime of limping.

Everything is being sifted:
ground, water, sky, pocket;
and the distance is measured
through the rifles’ prisms.

With nightmares
they get paid
with screams of companions
mowed and wasted
and with horror stories to tell.

Oh, who invented those triggers
that have prints of fingers?
It’s all about money
and it’s all about lands.

It’s an alien kingdom
and it’s about men of clay
who make war for a living
but in the name of what god?

Mihaela Melnic lives and writes in Rome, Italy, where her prose and poetry evolve and take different shapes with every new life experience. Her recent work has appeared in various venues including Harbinger Asylum published through Transcendent Zero Press, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Dissident Voice and Impspired magazine. Her debut poetry collection "Change of Seasons" was released in 2018. Her latest work is the book "Evermore" written in co-authorship and released in September 2021 through 17Numa Press. Visit her website for more of her writings. Read other articles by Mihaela.