SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 13, 2015) Lightning strikes the water as San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) navigates between storms. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)


by Seabass

Within smoldering debris on a broken street soaked wet with diesel and blood
The head lies
Staring blankly as sirens and women wail
Too obscene to view, but impossible to look away
The rest incinerated and mixed with victims
To mix and flow and return to the dust as one
Children, mothers, fathers, unknown others churned with their aggressor
As the dazed and deaf survivors stumble on uneasy legs
And search for an absentee God