Humanity cast aside by irrational fears

Are men, women and children to be left to die in the cold

To perish with no way forward and no way back

Reality supplanted by racism your justification

Every one of you should be ashamed

Demonizing what you don’t understand


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Young Men And Women Do Volunteer (Nested Landays)

Young men and women do volunteer

To fight for their country to the death, showing no fear


Their orders arrive just as they would

Off they go overseas in the hopes of doing good


Then there’s reality, oh the shock

Our core cultural values, by their ways they do rock


Women are property, used for sex

Sold to the highest bidder, the western mind perplexed


Wanting to react, but told they can’t

They turn a blind eye, though to each other they do rant


Lying in their cots, many tears shed

This war was not what they thought, they have all been misled


Romantic ideas, wars of the past

Live only in the movies there’s no way they could last


War is not romantic, kill and maim

Each victim has a mother and each face has a name


Someones left mourning, crying revenge

Seeking to draw blood, to honor loved ones they avenge


How do pray tell, will this cycle end

When it’s all about oil, our interests they pretend


After a decade, I doubt it will

The military industries haven’t had their fill


When this war ends another will come

Reasoned by our government, just watch and see their fun


Be sure and take my word, more will die

No matter how we complain, no matter how we try


As always, our young will volunteer

Believing propaganda from mongers they will hear


Gung-ho with ideals, noble ‘tis true

Witnessed in commercials they’re the brave, the proud, the few


Til God forbid the time ever comes

You gaze into their eyes, pull the trigger of the gun


From that moment on your life will change

You become a killer, a feeling that must be strange


Hoping that the reasons are pure, true

To live with such an action, the rest of your life through


Mourn for those who died and those alive

They will never be the same no matter how they strive


Mourn this generation raised with war

Think about the reasons, they are poisoned to the core


What kind of legacy will we leave

One that’s draped in death, they are constantly left to grieve


Can this end before it is too late

I pray that it can or destruction will be our fate

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


NOTE: Origination Afghanistan – a landay has only a few formal properties. Each has twenty-two syllables: nine in the first line, thirteen in the second. The poem ends with the sound “ma” or “na.” Sometimes they rhyme, but more often not. In Pashto, they lilt internally from word to word in a kind of two-line lullaby that belies the sharpness of their content, which is distinctive not only for its beauty, bawdiness, and wit, but also for the piercing ability to articulate a common truth about war, separation, homeland, grief, or love. Within these five main tropes, the couplets express a collective fury, a lament, an earthy joke, a love of home, a longing for the end of separation, a call to arms, all of which frustrate any facile image of a Pashtun woman as nothing but a mute ghost beneath a blue burqa.  The full description and some history of the form can be found at poetryfoundation.org.  I took some liberties with this form as it does not translate perfectly into English.  I did maintain the 9 and 13 syllables per line format, but eliminated the “ma” or “na” ending sound requirement opting instead to rhyme which can occur with this form.

In Remembrance – Haiku

By D. R. DiFrancesco

Bow your heads and pray,

Those lost on that tragic day,

Live on in our hearts.


The scattered debris,

Charred and lifeless in that field,

Breaking the silence.


The two titans fall,

Waking a sleeping giant,

From it’s lethargy.


A symbol of might,

Flame and confusion consume,

Still bravery shone.

The Anniversary

Freedom Tower NYC

By D. R. DiFrancesco

An anniversary,

Not so unlike the 10 before,

Unhappy and unpleasant as it saunters by.

We take time to remember where we were,

When we first saw the images splashed across our screens,

When we shed our first tear.

You didn’t have to know anyone personally,

Still you knew everyone personally,

We were brothers and sisters by birth or naturalization.

Seeing the towers fall,

The Pentagon our symbol of power ablaze,

Flight 93 reduced to a burning debris field wrenched at our hearts.

First responders covered in dust,

Survivors disheveled, awash in blood,

Wandering aimlessly, trying to grasp the magnitude of the situation.

Incomprehensible…yet bravery abounded,

Stories of heroism and self-sacrifice,

Overshadowing the cowardice of the act.

A monument to our resolve rises,

Out of the smoke and ash, a tribute to the lost,

We will not be broken.

We remember the 2, 977 victims of this day,

As the names are read and the prays are spoken,

New tears are shed out of sadness and out of pride.

We will never falter,

We will never forget,

We are Americans…

God Bless America!