"it's all fun and games," "The Radio Operator," and "John 14:2"

it's all fun and games

until

the asteroid strikes
the earthquake hits
the dirty bomb gets delivered
the lone gunman is not alone
            is not somewhere you’re not
            is not driven by race religion gender
                        or choice of favorite team
the power goes out
            water doesn't flow
            sun doesn't rise
            doesn't set
                        permanently
                        forever
                        period
and reality in some form comes crashing in
while you're just a bit too far from home
to close that backyard bunker door
behind you

 


 

The Radio Operator

A desert somewhere. Two men work,
cleaning out a destroyed enemy tank.
It's part of the war's routine.

The object is shrunken by fire,
is the same black as the uniform
now burned and fused to it.

It was trapped inside the hot, steel box
when the anti-tank shell pierced the armor,
a brand new sun shining in the confines.

As the body was pulled from the hulk,
the arms and head broke away.
Only the boots attest to a human corpse.

It's part of a war's routine.
This is what we do to each other
in the name of gods and countries.

 


 

John 14:2

There are places of worship

            where fluted columns raise vaulted arches,
                        barred ghetto windows pierce brick,
                        or trees edge green and white by season;

            where voices echo singly in the stillness,
                        speak only in their hearts,
                        or match to dancing clapping.

Can it really be
            God prefers one
                        or the other?

 

 

Lennart Lundh

Lennart Lundh's work has appeared internationally since 1965. He served with the U.S. Navy's Amphibious Ready Group Bravo, supporting Marine Corps operations in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969. Len was honorably discharged as a conscientious objector under NavPers 1860120 in December of 1970. Photo by Jen Pezzo.

 

Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 22:33