Internal Conflict

Internal Conflict

Battle weary
and scarred
Yet neither side retreats
Surrender off the table
Warring sides
of lovers
Ugly and vicious
Fighting for life
For dignity
For children
For peace
that never comes
because there is
no winner 
in a conflict
of emotions
Lawyers will
award the prize 
of lost dreams
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Bjorn is hosting D'Verse Poets Pub tonight and
has prompted us with 'War"

Image by Iván Tamás from Pixabay 

  31 comments for “Internal Conflict

  1. February 5, 2021 at 12:14 am

    A war that we have all experienced!

  2. February 4, 2021 at 9:32 am

    The war within a household can absolutely be devastating. Divorce is far too often a war that gets out of control. Your last 4 lines indicate the only winners in a divorce….the lawyers with their hefty fees.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 4, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      So true Lillian. The only winners are those who collect 😕

  3. February 3, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    And the attorneys get extremely wealthy over these impasses. Sometimes these divorce cases go on for years AFTER the divorce is final, where one or both parents use their children and custody arrangements as ways to harass. Of course the kids are caught in the middle and are harmed…

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      Yes, isn’t it so sad. It’s a whole different kind of war, but it’s still a war. 😢

  4. February 3, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Such a war can be as lethal as any battlefield… and even though they say that the winner takes it all, I believe there are no winners in war like this (actually I think that wars cannot be won, the winner is the one losing the least)

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      How true a statement is that. Yes! “The winner is the one losing the least” It’s incredibly sad.

  5. February 3, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    A battle of another kind, damaging, life altering ….. as all wars are. Nice writing.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you Helen. Yes, a battle of another kind. This is true.

  6. sanaarizvi
    February 3, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    A most heart-wrenching kind of conflict I believe 🙁 “Lost dreams,” are all that remain afterwards.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      Thank Sanaa 🥰

  7. February 3, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Internal & domestic warfare can be the worst & is certainly experienced (directly) by far more people than there have ever been soldiers on a field. Awesome analysis, CB.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      Yes indeed it is Ron. All wars can destroy the mind and soul. Thanks for reading ☺️

  8. February 3, 2021 at 11:18 am

    You have summed it up so very well, Christine! I think this line says it all…

    because there is
    no winner
    in a conflict
    of emotions

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      It’s like the 100 years war! Lol. Thanks Frank ☺️

  9. February 3, 2021 at 6:07 am

    A truly heartbreaking type of conflict for all those involved (except maybe the lawyers!)

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Oh yes, indeed! Thanks Ingrid ☺️

  10. February 3, 2021 at 4:58 am

    Good interpretation of the prompt. Military war isn’t something most of us have any direct knowledge of, but many more will have seen the consequences of emotional battles.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 8:11 am

      Thanks Jane. You are right. I could not follow the prompt and do it justice unless I was enacting a movie or reading a book.

  11. February 3, 2021 at 4:40 am

    Christine, the narrow shape of your poem made me think of the trajectory of a bullet, or perhaps a sword blade…


    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 8:09 am

      Yes Ben. I had not thought of that. Halting words usually have no structure or sentence, they are just raw emotions and therefore could be symbolized as a weapon. ☺️

  12. February 3, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Well written Christine. There are many types of war.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 8:07 am

      Thanks Rob. For many it is a never ending war.

  13. February 3, 2021 at 12:13 am

    The fight begins, and there is no one else around to ring the ‘bell’ to signify the fight is over… and the white towel is only used to wipe up the left-over blood…..

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 8:06 am

      Oh my gosh Ivor, your words are so poetic. You should have written this poem! Isn’t it the truth though? When is this kind of war over?

      • February 3, 2021 at 9:21 am

        Thanks, I enjoy commenting with my little anecdotes, I think the process is good for own writings…

      • Christine Bolton
        February 3, 2021 at 9:43 am

        Yes I agree with you. The more we all talk and share, the more creative we can be ☺️

      • February 3, 2021 at 9:58 am

        Here’s a collection of my comments…

  14. February 2, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Reality written in poignant words

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Thank you, as always, Sadje ☺️

      • February 3, 2021 at 9:30 am

        You’re welcome

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