Wounds of War: Poets for Peace
                   Diana L. May & Mitchell Waldman, Editors

Wounds of War: Poets for Peace brings together, in poems, stories and essays, the voices of those personally affected by war. These are voices of parents, of children, of friends, of soldiers and others who have a large stake in the wars, present and past, that our country has participated in. We hear the patriotic voices, the voices of dissent and rage, the voices of sorrow, pain, fear and tears, the voices of pride and love. All these voices are gathered together here to hopefully make the experience of war something more than another headline in the morning’s paper. An experience to be felt by us through their words, their hearts, and souls.

                              Wounds of War: Poets for Peace
                              PublishAmerica (Jan 2006)
                              ISBN # 978-1-4512-5333-7
                              140 pages, 5.5 x 8.5
                              NOW ONLY  $ 9.95


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The Service of Deflection

      Eric Evans

Say you’re walking along
with a friend, talking,
and say a bullet enters
your left side at the
shoulder blade and say
the thing doesn’t hit your
spine but for the particle
of some nerve or another
that does you the service
of deflection and then
say the bullet exits your
right side at the shoulder
blade, almost like it never
happened except for the
matching holes. Say you make
it to someone who might be
the enemy and say he helps
you all the same and say in
six months’ time, when
the bandages are off,
you have no choice but to
pick up the notebook again
and install some eyes in
the back of your head.


    Henry Burt Stevens

Not moving, not dancing
lying very still
now a coverlet
a decoration
for remains forever static.
The starred blue square
marks the head
although we do not know
or ask if there is a head inside.
The red white stripes
point to the feet
as in patrol, platoon
squad and squadron.
Do not look or note
or photograph these flags
covering metal boxes
it’s unpatriotic.
Do not recite the names
of what the remains were called
as it aids the enemy
is an intrusion on family grief.
Do explain to the children
especially the very young ones
why flags are gleefully everywhere
when starting the war.
But now we do not look at
or think about
flags on
metal boxes.
    Baby Jew

   Diana L. May

Words bite into me
hard on my flesh
leaving a bloody imprint
like still-life photos
the click of a button
and babies suck
on strange mothers
with nipples of guilt
trying to survive
twice the child
before and after
and men walk by
skin sagging
like ragged clothes
faded yellow stars of David
and the babies
pile up like dirty dolls
with lips still puckered
tongues curled
and clenched fists.

Mitchell Waldman

He was nineteen
dying in a field
in a foreign land.
That was all he knew.
He wasn’t feeling brave
but only afraid
as he felt the life
slipping out of him.
He didn’t know who was right
or who was wrong
as they argued about it
in the grocery stores
in the newspapers
at the filling stations
and he lay dying
in this field of green.
He didn’t feel as if it were an honor to die
he didn’t feel dignified
or proud,
just scared,
a boy longing for home.
He didn’t know anything now
just the pain;
he wasn’t thinking about bleeding-heart liberals
or staunch conservatives
only about all the things he wouldn’t see
he wouldn’t do in his life
now that it would all be over so soon
and the fear of the unknown
of what was to come.
He didn’t know much about politics, about “stand firm”
or “the right plan”
he didn’t know
which candidate was better for the country
(now he would never get the chance to vote).
He only knew
he was nineteen
and he was going to die
before he had a chance
to live
and he wasn’t really sure
Some Poems from WOUNDS OF WAR:
All poems Copyright (C) 2009 by the authors.

WOUNDS OF WAR: POETS FOR PEACE includes works from the following writers and poets:

Tholona Ashok Chakravarthy
Jim Dunlap
Eric Evans
Dave Faust
Anita Fernandez
KC Francis
Cheryl Gruener
Sue Hess
William Heyen
Kameron F. Ince
Pat Janus
Sandy Knauer
Molly Malloy Wiest Logothetis
Paul Mallory
Diana L. May
Michelle Close Mills
Sal Parlato, Jr.
Janeen Robichaud
Samantha Robichaud
Frank Robinette
Jane Moress Schuster
Annette Merkur Schwartz
Alexander Shaumyan
Larry D. Stevanus
Henry Burt Stevens
Sally Steinmiller
Frank Tymon
Anne Usynski
Don Vaccaro
Mitchell Waldman
Brandon Wilson