The Fallen

A warm shower of dignified applause

Echoes down the winding road,

As hearses bearing the fallen one,

Glide through, leaving copious tears

And stoic faces in their wake.

Mourners rush forward into the road,

Roses scatter above, gently falling away,

Poor George had his whole life before him

Until an IED sent him instantly

Into the realm of Eternity.

He’d been so keen to serve his country,

Which now stood silently as his body passed by.

High within the Hindu Kush,

Wailing women and screaming children

Shed defiant and agonising tears

As wagons cradling infant souls trot away.

And grizzled elders bury their young,

Who beat them to the grave.

Poor little Hussain did not deliberately linger

When a drone floated above, homed in,

Leaving him a martyred son

And his village burned to a cinder.

He never enlisted for any state or local renegades,

He just happened to emerge in a world

Entangled and suspended in war.

And he will not make any more choices,

For he has quaffed the chalice of Infinity,

Which makes this world seem like a cheap matinee.

Angels innumerable and holy,

Greet him as he haunts their pathways,

And entreats the One who brought him back,

Fallen so suddenly.

Copyright, Novid Shaid, 2010

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About Novid Shaid

I am a Muslim writer and English teacher. I have written poetry, short stories, a play, and I am currently working on a novella. My subject matter and themes are related to Islam, Sufism, politics and also my job as a secondary school teacher. My work is copyrighted and any works published here may not used or copied without my prior consent. You can contact me via the "Contact Me" page, if you wish to use any these writings. I am keen to gain the notice of publishers and if any are interested in my writings, please contact me via the "Contact Me" page. Was salaam, Peace

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