Friday, March 25, 2016

Poem for today:  Octain Refrain

Here's my first ever attempt an Octain Refrain poem:

“returning soldier”

the ghosts of the dead haunt him still
plaguing his mind with such nightmares
in his dreams, all they do is stare

the doctors try to help with pills
yet every night, they come with fright
and slowly they break down his will

he wants to live without such cares
but ghosts of the dead haunt him still


24 comments:

  1. Sadly the effects of war lingers on, despite the pills and counseling ~ I hope he will be able to deal with the ghosts of the dead ~

    Thanks for joining us & Happy Easter !!!

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    1. Thanks for reading. I saw an interview with a soldier who served in Iraq and it inspired this piece. Happy Easter to you too.

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  2. Such a poignant response to the prompt.
    Well penned.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  3. The tragedy of PTSD in poetry...it's heartbreaking. Nice work with the form--hope you find it helpful.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  4. One looks on and can't really help. Terrible.

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  5. Yes, Arcadia Maria! You captured the torment and helplessness both on this your "first attempt"? Gripping !

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    1. I never heard of the octain poem until I read about in the dVerse blog. But for some reason the words flowed easily when I decided to write about this subject. Thanks for reading.

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  6. I'm sure there are thousands who feel this and who need help..I hope it is available to all. Well done.

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  7. PTSD -- so difficult! Your poem gives so many voice.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Mary.

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  8. Gayle Walters RoseMarch 25, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Very important message in your poem. I feel very strongly about these suffering soldiers that return home worse off than when they left. I believe they should have the best possible care to help restore their peace.
    Gayle ~

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  9. Beautifully realized Octain. The subject matter is so similar to mine - I am surprised that we took that point of view. Loved yours as well.

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  10. I think it is wonderful that your poem was inspired by a soldier's story. I'm sure he'd appreciate bringing more light to it.

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  11. Amazing tale of PTSD. It must be so hard for those returning soldiers.

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