Weapons of Mass Destruction (My Mastectomy) by Dori Marler


                                                                                                             Photo Courtesy of Fotolia 6/8/13/Artwork by Alicia Winski

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      It isn’t what you may think.

      It’s not a smooth open space

      since the land mines were removed.

      No, it’s not like that at all.

      What is left of the landscape

      after they’ve dug out

      all those lethal bombs,

      those killer missiles,

      is twisted, scarred,

      misshapen little bumps.

      Craters where they don’t belong.

      Where there was beauty,

      a gently sloping knoll,

      sweetly  rising mountains

      with fragrant valleys,

      now is a battle field,

      disfigured forever.

      Has the enemy surrendered?

      It’s a question that will remain

      a mystery for many years.

      Meanwhile reconstruction is useless

      A futile attempt to restore

      those melon  hills.

      It is suggested that

      where the damage is too deep,

      an artificial prop

      may be the answer.

      Like the scenery of a play

      to be rolled out, slipped into place

      for a special performance

      then rolled back into storage

      like the sets on a stage.

      When I first saw the wreckage of it,

      I wanted to turn away,

      but now I see it in a new light.

      I now see only life in those scars.

      A medal of honor for the survivor.

 

                          © 2005 Dori Marler