On the Eve of War

In the weeping hours
Of silence
In the low milling light
Of tomorrow’s prayers
Speaking softly
Into corners
Down the empty
Passageways
Of yesterday’s secrets
Lorded over
By heartless thieves
And battened down
By callous masters
Leaving tears
In the sheets
And shedding fright
From our souls
With another
Windless breath
On the eve
Before war

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 five books of poetry: “March” (2019), “The Seasons of Us” (2019), New Days (2020), Fragments (2021), and A Long Walk (2023). 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 and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. Read other articles by John.