waiting…

Image by CWMartin 2010

isolated fears
outline
the edge of hope
holding back
expectations
and
dreams
like a dam
ready to burst
but no one
hears
the roar
of desperation
flowing rapidly
outside their doors
they’re
too busy
talking about
how their
prayers go
unanswered
so they drown
in their own misery
while waiting
for what
has come
and gone

who shall stare last…

a dark sweaty form
staring into the desert sun
from behind an oasis blind
stars and stripes
on his shoulder
symbol of freedom
waiting
fearing
killing
       burst of light
penetrating metal
       third of an ounces 
       less than 2.3 seconds
and
       another symbol of freedom
is stared at
by the desert
in life’s
only
true
freedom