The war was over.

Silence covered the battleground
Punctured only by staccato whispers
Bouncing off the bullet-ridden walls.

Women transformed
Into widows
as they prodded dead boots
and wiped bloodied foreheads.

The Angel of Death muttered,
‘I didn’t sign up for this.’

God whispered, ‘Me neither.’

 

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37 thoughts on “Desolation- A Microstory

  1. The conversation between the Angel of Death and God is mind-numbing. The realities of war are too horrible to be ignored, and I earnestly pray and hope that all this pain and suffering ends.
    Congratulations on the YeahWrite Award, Shailaja! A powerpacked microstory, indeed 🙂

  2. The grim reality of modern day war and destruction. Reminded me of an article I was reading yesterday on the aftermath of 9/11. Where people prodded over boots in search of their loved ones!!!

    1. I don’t even know why that image came to me the way it did and I was writing this late last night so I was struggling with the visualisation. But somehow, it stuck and I guess finally ended up the way it has.

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