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WAR CHILDREN

By Tipsy Guy

war children

You chased each other

Waving the wooden guns

Bang Bang Bang Bang

Pretended to fall

But unlike the way adults

Stayed put once fallen

 

Toy planes swung in your hands

Contrary to aslant darting jets

And sharp dropping bombs

No rumbling explosions

No thick smoke clusters

 

Under gathering night

Amid pitch-black surrounding

You didn’t eat at home

Mom didn’t yell again that you tidy up

Uncle left for Dad in the morning

And never has returned since



Source: Manila Bulletin

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