Spring in the trenches

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a hopeful morning –
the first mosquito bites
spring in the trenches

This is another haiku I wrote for a publication in remembrance of the First World War. I don’t know yet whether it will make the selection or not, so fingers crossed!

Guns go silent

guns go silent

an arm with three watches

bangs on the door

I found the inspiration for this haiku in the famous picture by Yevgeny Khaldei you can see below. It shows two Russian soldiers on the Reichstag building in Berlin in may 1945. The picture was put in scene and was meant to celebrate the glorious victory of the Russians troops. However, when taking a closer look, you can see that the soldier in the bottom of the picture is wearing a watch on both wrists. He probably got the second one through plundering or ransacking bodies. Not exactly the behavior of a glorious victor. The watch on the right wrist therefore was gummed out of the picture, and it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize.

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