Colin F. Jones

BLACK FEATHERED DOVE

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: April 10, 2009
Awarded: April 10, 2009
We leave the unfinished with reluctance;
With reluctance we leave ourselves behind,
We fought there and died there and lived there,
In the sand hills; on the stone plains unkind.

What is that we leave without?
What part of us have we lost?
What was it all about…?
For which we paid such a high cost.

‘Tis part of ourselves that we farewell,
That small part that knew how to love.
Each now lives in his quiet hell…
Flying away a black feathered Dove.

Submitted for the May 2009 IWVPA Club Theme Project, “Leaving Things Behind