Riley Noel

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​I Don’t Know Much About War

March 15, 2018

PROMPT: The Unknown

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I don’t know much about war,
Not the innocent game played by children with paint and finger guns,
But the wars of nations.
I don’t know the chaos of a battlefield,
or the vastness of a graveyard filled with flags.
I don’t know what filling a sink with blood from your hands that isn’t yours looks like.
I don’t know what holding a dying friends hand feels like.
I don’t know what staring at a tangled mass of bomb wires does to your heart beat.
I don’t know what it’s like to stare at a telephone while twirling a wedding band praying its his voice that calls.
I don’t know what it’s like to say I love you to a letter and seal an envelope with a kiss.
I don’t know what it’s like to flinch at fireworks.
I don’t know what its like to be afraid of home.
I don’t know much about war.

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10 Comments
  • Riley Noel

    Patt, first I would like to thank your father for his service, and then thank you for liking the piece.


    almost 3 years ago
  • Riley Noel

    booksandcoffee, thank you so much I am glad you liked it!


    almost 3 years ago
  • Patt

    Your piece reminds me of my dad as he has been to war twice and I can only imagine how he has felt. Truly emotional piece.


    almost 3 years ago
  • booksandcoffee

    This is so so so so good - great job!


    almost 3 years ago
  • Riley Noel

    ARS7 I am so glad you liked the piece and could relate to it! I want to thank both your brothers for their service!!


    almost 3 years ago
  • AbigailSauble

    This really hits me because I have two brothers in the Marines. Thanks for this. :)


    almost 3 years ago
  • Riley Noel

    Hannah Gaudette, thank you very much!!


    almost 3 years ago
  • Hannah Gaudette - JoyfulWriter

    Wow - this is a powerful piece! Well done.


    almost 3 years ago
  • Riley Noel

    Mystery Girl thank you so much!!!


    almost 3 years ago
  • Peppermint Lemonade

    This is so beautifully sad and true!


    almost 3 years ago