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POETS AGAINST WAR, #6: conjugating wars by Liliana Negoi

product_thumbnail-1.phpchippy charmed blade in Moira’s hand
cries for blood,
begs for blood,
slashing carmine canopies
for the sake of the flow,
grinning its ivory fang
at the lavish crimson gush
drenching sands and drowning wills.
on the red river
crucified Jesus floats,
watching clouds on skies in flames
twinning the boulders of coagulated sins
crawling along the muddy shores,
wondering  if those were the sins
for which he drank the cup.
in the meantime carnivorous swords
keep fueling the flood,
making sure that the river’s level stays always high enough,
as if that would get the floating cross closer to the skies.
not that it mattered anyway –
after all, there’s plenty of that bloody slime
smelling like putrid faith
to fuel a thousand more crusades

– Liliana Negoi

© 2012, poem, book-cover art, and portrait, Liliana Negoi, All rights reserved

– conjugating wars is one of the poems included in Liliana Negoi’s poetry volume The Hidden Well, and can be heard in the author’s own reading on SoundCloud at the following link:   conjugating wars

Invitation: We’d like you to join us – not only as readers – but as writers by putting links to your own anti-war or pro-peace poems in the comment sections. Next week we’ll gather the links together in one post and put them up as a single page headed “Poets  Against War.”  Thank you!

IMG_7667LILIANA NEGOI  (Endless Journey and in Romanian curcubee în alb şi negru) ~ is a member of our core team on Into the Bardo. She is the author of three published volumes of poetry in English, which is not her mother tongue but one that she came to love especially because of writing: Sands and Shadows, Footsteps on the San – tanka collection and The Hidden Well.  The last one can also be heard in audio version, read by the author herself on her SoundCloud site HERE.  Many of her creations, both poetry and prose, have been published in various literary magazines.

8 thoughts on “POETS AGAINST WAR, #6: conjugating wars by Liliana Negoi

  1. Heavy stuff, and visually provocative! Such imagery! This is one of those pieces that sticks in your mind long after you’ve read it. It really does make one think about the way everything is connected, when speaking of war(s). We all bleed red. Nicely penned.


  2. Thank you all for taking the time to read and to leave your thoughts about my poem here :). I know it’s never an easy way to talk about war – and it shouldn’t, anyway, be like that. If my words managed to convey my feelings about this, and if they resonated in your hearts as well, then their purpose is achieved :).


  3. You paint a harrowing picture, Liliana, but one that’s necessary for all to read, because it graphically, albeit poetically describes what we should all be able to see … the horrors of war and violence, so that we actively stop allowing it to happen. Well written.


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