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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Ron Riekki


War Poetry

I don't read war poetry
because I was in a war.
I can't imagine reading war poetry
after you've been in a war.
I write war poetry sometimes
because I was in a war
so I don't have to do any research.
I just think back to the helicopter on fire
and then I write a line like
The helicopter was on fire
and then in class they tell me
that I have to describe the fire
and I start to do it,
saying what bodies look like melting
and then they tell me to stop
and so I stop.