Winds of War #cinquain poetry

The wind whispers many secrets
Twisted tales and tender tidings alike
But this gale gusted without warning
And we heard-
but did not listen!

This Change-
Howls within wails
It speaks of disaster
Inconspicuous invasion
Revenge
The pursuit of lost glory days
Attacks on innocents
The siege of greed
War’s path

#writephoto

Once we built a drawbridge
We were weary, but safe
Until the days of peace
When stone replaced wood and iron
As we lay the foundations of progress
And yet our blood still remembers war
Our genes know its stench
And the wind is rife with it

Dark times
Cruel be these days
Rage festered from lost joy
And young ones forced to come of age
Freedom
We are addicted to its taste
It fuels timid hearts
Demands response
Duty!

War is at the doorstep. What do you expect me to do?

copyright judeitakali


You might have picked up on hints at the Ukrainean invasion by Putin. The three prompts collectively steered my thoughts there. It’s all over the news and we all have many fears on what sort of precedent it sets for less militarized nations if it’s allowed to happen.

For Colleen’s syllabic challenge I wrote the pair of butterfly cinquains in italics on the theme transition

For Caley’s writephoto, bridge.

For Reena’s xploration challenge, use this statement in your piece; War is at the doorstep. What do you expect me to do?

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

58 responses to “Winds of War #cinquain poetry”

  1. Such a comprehensive account of human emotions when starting and sustaining a war. Heartbreaking

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    1. It really is heartbreaking.

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      1. Very true Jude.

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  2. Exquisitely beautiful, as always…

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  3. Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Winds of war ….Don’t miss this piece by Jude Itakali

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  4. Such depth of feeling, Jude. You’ve expressed so well the emotions of the moment.

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    1. And to think, it’s just the barest wisp of what the reality must be.

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  5. You truly capture the depth and range of feelings that exist in our larger world, the current everts, and the human condition. “And we heard-but did not listen” sends chills in its truth.

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    1. I really appreciate that you picked up on that LaDonna. Thank you.

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  6. Frightening times, as history repeats itself. You have caught the feeling well. (K)

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  7. This is beautifully written Jude and you have perfectly described the situation is right now.

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    1. Thank you for appreciating this, Roberta.

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      1. You’re most welcome Jude but you gotta stop calling me by others name. 😜

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        1. oh oh. sorry, i mostly get it right. let’s treat this as an isolated incident, 😜

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          1. Haha… Sure2 but I do hope there won’t be a third time. 😜😅

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  8. ‘we lay the foundations of progress
    And yet our blood still remembers war
    Our genes know its stench
    And the wind is rife with it’

    You summed up the situation so well here Jude!

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    1. Thank you so much for appreciating, Ingrid.

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  9. Jude, I was touched by your poetry and how you picked up on the theme of the winds of war. Please stay safe my friend. 🙏🏻 ❤️

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    1. I’m happy you appreciate this Colleen. Thank you.

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      1. You’re so welcome. ❤

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  10. Nicely done Jude. Crazy times, prayers for Ukraine!!

    Pat

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    1. Yes indeed. Thank you.

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  11. Your poems capture the harsh reality of what is taking place, Jude. It breaks my heart that greed continues to destroy peace. 😥 On a lighter note, I love your alliteration; it holds so much power. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you appreciate this, Yvette. Thank you.

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  12. Wonderfully weaved, Jude.

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    1. Thank you so much Michaela.

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  13. 💜🤍 The winds of war beautifully expressed, Jude. Peace and light and stay safe,

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    1. Peace to you too Eugi.

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      1. Thank you, Jude!

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  14. Damn, Jude. This reflects much of what I’m feeling too…

    Sincerely,
    David

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  15. You write so well of what is difficult to write about.

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  16. It is indeed hard to comprehend so much war. Human’s need to band together to stop the horror.

    I can only hope for better for the new life that is born daily…
    that they don’t have to grow up as fast as some might.

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    1. What we can do, we should. however small. Thank you Jules. good having you reading again.

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      1. Always good to read you my friend 🙂

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  17. Very well done, Jude, an excellent poem.

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    1. Thank you so much Roberta.

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  18. My heart bleeds and tears well up in my eyes. This is such a powerful poem, Jude.

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    1. Thank you so much Chris.

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  20. Very good piece, well felt and written. Too bad it had to come from this current tragedy, nevertheless nice job.

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    1. Thank you so much Jay.

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  21. What is happening today is heartbreaking. Your poem brings out that emotion so well Jude. Praying for peace and light to shine.

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    1. Alas, that’s all most of us can do.

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  22. Feelings deeply expressed about the situation of the world today.
    Take care
    Stay safe

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    1. Thank you. stay safe too.

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  23. So many lines in these wonderful verses resonated with me, and I especially love “Our genes know its stench”. Well done, Jude, on addressing such a difficult topic 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Harmony. I’m late to see this but so glad for your appreciation.

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  24. Both beautiful and heartbreaking, Jude. Great post. Thank you so much for including #writephoto. Take care. KL ❤️

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    1. Always a pleasure Caley. Thank you so much too.

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      1. You’re most welcome. KL ❤

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