Mind’s eye

Originally posted on 31 December 2011

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”  – Martin Luther King Jr.

“The first casualty when war comes is truth.”  –  Hiram Johnson


Mind’s eye

My father fought

A war

Years before

My birth

As I grew up

I watched him

Fight it

Again and again

His sinewy hands


As he pried apart

Venetian blinds

Scouting the enemy invasion

Of our suburban neighborhood

Armed with a bottle of juice

A newspaper

Or any other munitions

At hand

He held his ground


By his reality



Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

35 thoughts on “Mind’s eye”

    1. Want to know something strange? I never even saw the title of your poem, and I used the words ‘mind’s eye’ *freaks out* XO

  1. my father didn’t fight in the war but he was a boy then and saw too much… the memories never faded as long as he lived… great quote by Martin Luther King Jr.

  2. combat changes men… life is an intelligence test… and most are doing poorly. The bell curve does not apply… unless the mean is lowered…

    1. I know all too well the difficulties that return with not just the men. As a therapist, I worked with many vets from more than one war. Many were very intelligent. Thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment.

  3. Paralyzed by his reality………so many of us are, in different ways, in varying degrees. And impersonal, impartial reality is illusive for all of us.

    Love the poem. Your ability to take us into another’s experience in so few words is awesome. Thank you for this sharing. It speaks volumes to me today.

    1. Thank you Eileen. I’m afraid his reality coloured my own. I ‘grew-up’ trying to protect him from others. It took time and work to realise that he ‘should’ have protected me. C’est la vie!

  4. This was unbelievably moving Lea, the poignancy you wrote it with is so powerful. Thank you for sharing this piece xx

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