Night Battles Into the Fray

Night Battles Into the Fray
Night Battles Into the Fray

Into the fray…

What lay beyond the twisted barbs of shielded lines,
refuse of day’s gone by and fears aligned,
to quench the dry mouths of wordless foes,
who beset the harm that only souls can know,
and whittle away the hearts of men once torrid in the fight,
and leave them bereft, awake at night.

How invasive the echoes of past battles,
steel on steel that never settles,
and the blood and ache of pain and dirt,
mixed with flesh and worlds inert,
yet so relentless they become,
never fade as memories do disconcert,
like battle drums.

Hours in purgatory’s clammy hands,
dreams so emblazoned with fire and hurt so damned,
and eyes roll, sleep so distant a horizon,
none shall pass to see its arising,
and I twist and turn, sweat in fever clenched abandon,
lost from my own standing.

Smooth I plead, these rough jagged thoughts,
dragging me to darkness I should not aught to have,
when sleep needs me, pounds upon my door,
and I, entrenched with battles past,
flashing shields and bloodied masks,
wishing there was more to silence.

Tony DeLorger © 2017

Tony DeLorger
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

4 thoughts on “Night Battles Into the Fray

  • March 15, 2017 at 6:08 AM

    The battle still rages in the mind … just as horrifying as the actual battle itself. Nicely penned with strong and vivid imagery, Tony. Well done, indeed.

  • March 15, 2017 at 6:17 AM

    Glad you appreciated the work Phyllis, thank you and take care my friend.

  • March 16, 2017 at 1:11 AM

    This is wow post for me.. thanx .. will bookmark and share this. is this scary?


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