Writing Exercise #11

Object Writing: When I was a kid we’d hold hands in a circle and play ring-around-the-rosy. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down. Giggling and laughing and spinning, rotating. Rolling around on grass and spring time. Hugging my friends as we played all summer together. Adventures and excitement. Cowboys and Indians, cops and robbers. When I was shot I’d roll about and writhe in pain, but filled with mirth and laughter. When roles were reversed I’d take a stick an pow-pow-pow. Me and my best friend. Friends forever, friends for life. Rolling and romping and running around. Next I knew we were both 18 and were drafted to serve. Thin metal helmets that were more trouble than they were worth. I had no choice but to go and defend my country. In the trenches, cold hard winter ground, unforgiving frost. Machine gun warfare, lightning firepower and the smell of mustard gas. On the same side, with our back to the dirt huddled up by candle light in the tent we shared. He died and I couldn’t wake him up. Laid on top of his body and let the tears come. They had to tear me off him because I wouldn’t let go. When the war ended I was never myself. Shook like a leaf at the ring of a bell. Came out unscathed but my soul I don’t know, even though that war was forever ago.

Verse 1:

Let me tell you about my best friend.

We loved to laugh, loved to run, loved to play pretend.

Cowboys and indians, cops and robbers,

ring-around-the-rosy, me and my brother.

Refrain: Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Verse 2:

War came quick when we were older.

I remember the gun resting on my shoulder.

Earned a place at the frontline, but paid in blood.

Still feel the shake of bombs and the smell of soot.

Refrain: Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Verse 3:

My brother didn’t laugh when the gun went off.

You see, I ran to his side but his soul was gone.

I still shake like a leaf at the ring of a bell

thinking about those years of hell.

Refrain: Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Author: Roe

29. she/her. Songwriter & Trek Punk Soul™.

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