Poetry: War Games

War Games

War games begin with a single spark
The mental battle between mind and heart
Nudge to flame by just a word
Until the forest burns with all you’ve heard

Callous caresses keep it going
In pretense that we’re all knowing
Lost in flame until we’re drowned
In imagined hell we burn to a shell

Blisters blacken beneath the flame
Like moths we seek it without shame
Forever dancing in a mindless state
The end all to be all in our fiery grave

Heart beats to remember our place
Pulsing out whispers to silence the brain
Until we see the error of this haze
Mere seconds before the tombstone is laid

–H. Danielle Crabtree