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the battle ends…
water filled shell craters
turn gold with the sun

(after the film The Testament of Youth, 2014; dir. by James Kent)

—Frank Williams

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  1. TO
    Alan summers,
    Dear esteemed poet,
    Going through your comments, the following really striking, a news ,
    wonderfully drawn.
    Reading the haiku as quoted , so touching, moving indeed.
    “This haiku is about another war, the pandemic war, where nurses (of any gender) were on the frontline, with inadequate protective equipment, real pay, or real on the ground respect by politicians who would only clap and smile through their teeth.

    twilight thickens
    into the cry of a baby
    shooting stars

    i.m. Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong..”

  2. Dear Frank Williams,
    Greetings, Going through your wonderful write, as follows,
    war effects, so impinging on readers; and the coinage,
    ” water filled shell craters” an image lingering with myriad connotations,
    appreciate it, shall go through the link soon.
    “the battle ends…
    water filled shell craters
    turn gold with the sun”

    (after the film The Testament of Youth, 2014; dir. by James Kent)

    —Frank Williams

  3. “Testament of Youth” is a 2014 British drama film based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain.

    The film stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman who abandoned her studies at Somerville College, Oxford, to become a war nurse.

    The film was directed by James Kent and written by Juliette Towhidi.
    WIKIPEDIA

    Vera Brittain:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Brittain

    Not enough is made into films or poetry, or other art, about the role of women when men go to war.

    This haiku is about another war, the pandemic war, where nurses (of any gender) were on the frontline, with inadequate protective equipment, real pay, or real on the ground respect by politicians who would only clap and smile through their teeth.

    twilight thickens
    into the cry of a baby
    shooting stars

    i.m. Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong

    Alan Summers
    Anthology credit:
    EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 “Year of the Nurse”

    Note:
    The United Nations has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse

    Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-56734016

    Nurses in the UK are still disrespectfully underpaid.

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