I watch the skies

Statue of Air Force pilot at Battle of Britain memorial in Capel le Ferne in the UK

Statue of Air Force pilot at Battle of Britain memorial in Capel le Ferne in the UK

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction July 27, 2015

I like sitting here. Quiet. Idyllic.

Not like the roar of a plane’s engine, rat-tat-tat of machine guns. Comrades exploding as their planes disintegrate.

Not watching the machine gun turret blast into a thousand bloody pieces

No fear of parachuting landing behind enemy lines. Cords not caught in upper branches of spikey fir trees.

No spiraling out of control as the earth rushes up to crush you.

Now I sit watching the skies. A motionless monument to the frantic deaths of so many.

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18 thoughts on “I watch the skies

  1. Sunday Fiction July 27, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    I really like the sentiment you portrayed in this. A really great story.

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  2. luckyjc007 July 27, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    Nice story…now sitting peacefully and thankful for the great sacrifice that so many had given for freedom.

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    • phylor July 27, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      Such a great sacrifice! Both by the military and civil popuations.

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  3. OnChi July 27, 2015 / 10:33 am

    The quiet in his face doesn’t reflect the horror that he’s seen. War much be such hell. Well done!

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    • phylor July 27, 2015 / 4:38 pm

      There is nothing romantic about war. As you say, it’s horror and hell.

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  4. Francesca Smith July 27, 2015 / 4:44 am

    The few which gave their lives for the many. Very good story.

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    • phylor July 27, 2015 / 3:46 am

      So many gave their lives in defense of their country and personal values

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  5. HumaAq July 27, 2015 / 1:48 am

    Felt like a tribute to great lives who were sacrificed. Good read

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    • phylor July 27, 2015 / 3:48 am

      So many died needlessly due to the incompetence of their superior officers.

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