Poems for Peace competition – Highly Commended: Felix Stokes

Contributor/s : Felix Stokes

Recorded on date : November 30, 2020

the poetry is in the pity.

war and the pity of war and the pity of war and the pity

(oh god let him come home alive

or let me never live again),ringing

in his ears, he


iron turns to


and blood blocks

the sun upon

the blade,

a father’s love

burns for

another father’s son

(an ardent child,snuffed

by smoke

and choking

on the life

inside his breath,

the sand becomes alive

and dies again between

the hero’s shifting fingers.)

he’s a flower,

purple, his tearful

father rushes

to avenge,

and countless sons fall.

duty drives his hand

that drives his blade

that drives the point

into a son who saves

his father(all in vain,

of course. the war will end,

but not before the battle.)

his son is in the son

that’s in his blade,

(he blinked. the world

collapsed upon the world,)

memories and realities each fade,

and grief is mixed with ice and frost and chills.

his numbness is the peace which warring spills.

Felix Stokes

18 years old

Dr Challoner’s High School, Buckinghamshire

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