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Just Two Blocks

 
My friend and I were playing soldiers
(Those little green plastic army men)
When we suddenly heard gun shots
I sprang to my feet because I knew then
Iíd have to run home - just two blocks
 
But when I came to the intersection
I froze when I saw real army men
They were taking cover from the gunfire
And as they returned fire thatís when
I saw grandma calling me in great dire
 
I could see her yelling but I couldnít hear
The shooting was loud I froze in fear
There I was, tense, hands over my ears
Waiting to see if I was in the clear
My nine year old brain kicked into gear
 
Guerrillas to the left and army to the right
Hellfire broke out in the neighborhood
Grandma yelling out loud not giving a fuck
(She wasnít mad at me, so that was good)
So I said a quick prayer and wished for luck
 
And for those few seconds that I went deaf
My legs found courage, speed and ire
For whatever bullets went over my head
I ran across the street in the crossfire
And into her arms amidst the bloodshed
wallyroo92
Written by wallyroo92
Published | Edited 8th Feb 2021
Author's Note
True story bro.

The civil war that took place in El Salvador between 1979 and 1992 killed nearly 100,00 people, several thousand "disappeared", over half a million lost their homes and another...
True story bro.

The civil war that took place in El Salvador between 1979 and 1992 killed nearly 100,00 people, several thousand "disappeared", over half a million lost their homes and another half million refugees went to other countries. Growing up, I'd hear of news of the fighting that took place in the country side, but soon the fight came to the metropolitan cities and suburbs of the capital (where I lived). Before I was ten, I'd seen many slain bodies, witnessed firsthand the ugliness of war and atrocities committed against humanity.

As I grew older and learned more about my country's history, I began to understand how the policies of the elite jeopardize the lives of the poor.

https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poems/346375-massacre-at-el-mozote/
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