Fading into War

In the distance
In a world
Where home
Is a myth
And extravagance
Fatalism and war
A thriftiness of sobriety
In the aftermath
Of faith
Battlements at the ready
With a need to be alive
A survival song
To a new beat
A new form
Of freedom
Through the interminable
Dust of dying
Holes in the ground
And in the trenches
Of lost forgiveness
Fading fast
In the dying heat
Of tomorrow’s

John is a social worker working in the field of disability management and holds degrees in social work, rehabilitation services, and psychology. He is the author of six books of poetry: “March” (2019), “The Seasons of Us” (2019), New Days (2020), Fragments (2021), A Long Walk (2023) and Sojourns (2024) . His work has appeared widely in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies internationally. John is also a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. He lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. Read other articles by John.