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Saturday, July 18, 2009

History

For Sunday Scribblings
And Carry On Tuesday
'We think we know the ones we love'

'Plans don't always work out the way we envisage
Sometimes they get in the way of those of others.


OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

Father had a painfully acute
Understanding of occupation
And the scope of its consequences

His home country having first of all
Been occupied by the Right wingers,
The Fascists, who entered from stage left,
And subsequently by Left Wingers,
Communists, who entered from stage right

Another time and another place?
A temporary situation?
A one-way ticket out, to the world
May have been a physical escape.

Brutal mental torture, however
Continued, sadly, ever after

29 comments:

  1. some very deep meaning in this blog. has my mind spinning and not knowing where to stop. you seem to have some great stories waiting inside of you
    nice post

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  2. Thanks Old Grizz; Great or otherwise, they're there for sure.

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  3. Very sad,excellently written!

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  4. The history of the world captured in personal experience - AND its cost.
    Excellent.

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  5. A good reminder of what happens to the people who get trapped in the grand plans of others.

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  6. Sadly, this happens with great frequency. Nicely written.

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  7. Thanks to:
    Giggles; war - what is it good for?
    Anthony North; We're all still counting the cost.
    Nara Malone; My thoughts are with them all.
    Thom G; Lest we forget...
    Tumblewords; It's an on-going process.

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  8. Oh, the sad reality. . .it truly lasts a lifetime. Well done and deeply thoughtful.

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  9. Thanks Nonizamboni; It certainly shapes the way I think about things.

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  10. touched me - some things we just can't outrun.

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  11. Occupied inner and outer territories methinks! This sounds like a secret cavern with a daunting sign "Don't Disturb"! Fascinating piece!

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  12. You are going intoi places where angels fear ta tread..and this ole man is prepared ta do.........

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  13. Realization of war is there is no win-win. Someone always dies.

    This piece is well written.

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  14. Thanks to:
    Greyscale Territory; Some memories are just to painful.
    Whitesnake; He wasn't really given a choice.
    Missy; ...but what a weight the aurvivors have to carry...

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  15. A really sobering piece - powerful and thought provoking. It's certainly a different approach to the prompt.

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  16. There is always something so mysterious about parents, whether you are close to them or not.

    This reminds me a lot of my mom, who lived through WWII in the Philippines.

    Well done.

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  17. There is always something so mysterious about parents, whether you are close to them or not.

    This reminds me a lot of my mom, who lived through WWII in the Philippines.

    Well done.

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  18. There is always something so mysterious about parents, whether you are close to them or not.

    This reminds me a lot of my mom, who lived through WWII in the Philippines.

    Well done.

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  19. There is always something so mysterious about parents, whether you are close to them or not.

    This reminds me a lot of my mom, who lived through WWII in the Philippines.

    Well done.

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  20. Thanks Keith; It was one I did earlier, but I thought it was appropriate for the prompt.
    Thanks Aspiemom; WWII was a harrowing time for so many - we may never know the full story.

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  21. A complete transition of ideologies here. Nicely put.

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  22. Thanks Cyclopseven; Very difficult times.

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  23. crazy ambitions of leaders. War breeds more problems than just the war itself. Many more problems with the people who have to fight.
    Great post.

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  24. Thanks Daily Panic; The legacy of war is fear, mistrust, intimidation...

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