Charles J. Ingerson

LIGHTS IN TUNNELS

(Prelude:

Captured in war
no conventions
viciously torn
without covenants

Darkness groveled
embracing all life
in tunnels shoveled
screaming of strife

Depression amid pain
mud filled storms
daily filled with rain
only icy cold warms

Prisoners without hope
cutting barbs of wire
wet stranded rope
nightmare’s to sire)

Comrades

Taken all at night
winter setting in
bitter was the fight
our lines grew thin

Surrender or die
cries heard loud
felt a dimmed sigh
encircling the proud

Comrades who fell
waving goodbye
time will now tell
better to live or die

Forced March

Footsteps in mud
footsteps in rain
footsteps in flood
footsteps in pain

Onward in despair
onward in darkness
onward en arriere
onward in distress

Lights in Tunnels

Peeking around corners
seeking to learn more
lost sisters and brothers
hidden behind a door

Unable to see clearly
dust hanging as a shroud
lives measured dearly
within a darker cloud

Lights in tunnels guide
where blindness found
no where to ever hide
even deep underground

War’s shame to prevail
heroes welcomes gone
memories without bail
wastelands so very long

(Epilogue:

Prisoners of war
no convictions
emotions worn
wasted illusions

Darkness embraced
cowering all alive
lights in tunnels traced
screaming to survive

Depression amid pain
mud filled storms
daily filled with rain
only icy cold warms

Prisoners without hope
cutting barbs of wire
wet stranded rope
nightmare’s to sire)