Charles J. Ingerson

TETANUS

Barbed Wire
Photograph ©Copyright 2004 by Charles J. Ingerson
Just over there
freedom or death
who does care
one more breath.

Brutal the choice
given in life
sorrow or rejoice
peace amid strife.

Just a sliver
a small one felt
unnoticed shiver
to the body dealt.

Slowly then crawling
decaying within
something gnawing
razorblade thin.

Infection without
unwelcomed deep
freedom’s dying shout
a nation to weep.

Soft now the cries
ashes falling free
another so dies
as freedoms flee.