Poem: “Warzone” by Krysada Panusith Phounsiri



the Market Battalion
blitzes full force
dashing past trashbins
used for cover
a boy launches
a grenade
barrages follow
from his comrades
guerilla carpet bombing
pressures the enemy defense at
the alleyway of the temple
encased in a stronghold
of yellow rails wrapping
leading to high ground

if the offenders take the stronghold
they take this battle

WATCH OUT a defender alerts
soldiers dive
some duck
and a few take the hit
shielding their allies from explosions
arms wide
battle fatigues dampen
and stain
first wave of defenders fall
as their aggressors rush in
guns with hands poised to pull
rifles blast streams

civilians run off
the ether of war
wrinkles their face
in frustration
rather than fear
as the sight of shed
parallels a morning sunrise prayer
surprise attacks no longer surprise

the fight continues
ammo flows and shouts deafen when the
grenades hit their target

the attacking battalion close in
for the final melee strike
palms covered in chemicals

colored in white
spouting out a can
a smack to the eye
one by one they fall

a monk passes by
hoping he hides
hoping they ignore his body
orange robe reflecting the sunlight
they all see him
all hands halt
drop to the side
a reminder they dragged the warzone to the temple
they dare not attack nor offend him
as he strides through the alleyway
a barrier protects him

the soldiers resume
unleashing all the firepower
to the last drop
of water
and shaving cream
the battle pauses when the super soakers empty
and water balloon reserves run out
the war can continue
they just need to refill
at the restroom


14079676_1365309706832160_3992895965265842174_nKrysada Panusith Phounsiri is a Lao-American artist and engineer. He was born in Laos in 1988 and came to America with his family in 1989. A graduate of UC Berkeley in 2010, he holds a degree in Physics and Astrophysics Double Major and also a minor in Poetry. His debut collection is Dance Among Elephants, published by Sahtu Press in 2015. His work has been featured in the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and the Smithsonian’s “A Day In The Life Of Asian America” digital exhibit. In 2016 he tied for first place for Poem of the Year in the Rhysling Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association for his poem “It Begins With A Haunting.”


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