East Coast Swing

We lost them at the village
Ten miles back
Men with bayonets

We took the dog with us
The sheep too
Trotted fast toward the rising blizzard

Only to find our noses
Inches from the boys in blue
And our tails a split end
From the boys in grey.



Photo by Brock Wegner on Unsplash

Inspired by Eugi’s Weekly Prompt: Dance.

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33 thoughts on “East Coast Swing

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  1. Trapped between two sets of armies baying for blood as a blizzard rages on. Cornered from every possible side. That’s life sometimes. “We took the dog with us, The sheep too” – interpreted these two lines as hope. Brilliant! This is part poetry and part story that deserves a follow up 🙂

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  2. Such a beautiful piece Jaya! It feels a bit like something relating to the civil war but really speaks to me as contemporary as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This is beautifully written! Your description makes it feel so real, I can fully visualize the exact scene and feel the character’s strong emotions in just these 10 lines. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  4. Really interesting story. It feels like a comment on the US Civil War, but also on the perverse intimacy of war in general. Wonderfully provocative in so few lines too!

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