No call today or yesterday
in fact nothing for over a week.

It’s not that I’m expecting the call –
not that I think it’s my right.

More that I know, if they’re minimised
then some poor soul’s lost their life

or his legs or an arm, has a hole
in her chest, or maybe she’s lost her sight.

So my fingers stay crossed for the phone to ring
for then everything’s under control,

My fears are allayed, but much more than that,
They’re having a safe, quiet night.


*Op minimise is when there is a communications blackout from the war zone because of casualties.


About SallyJ

I am a writer and a poet.
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