Forbidden Lovers

Unique in their difference
Disparate in their likeness
Legions moved, carried by wing
Opposed to the wingless, walking below


The walking, armed with spear and stone
The flying, with rocks of fire
Ready to send the other home
To rest atop a funeral pyre

The war they fought, never ending
How it started, neither knew
Both sides tarried, never bending
Never remembering why they slew


As is the normal in a war
Something remarkable oft takes place
As killing the other becomes a chore
Slaughtering, never seeing the face


Until one time, a life depended
A woman’s life begins to fade
The man who finds her, hate rescinded
He finds her ‘midst a bloodied glade


Back to health, he heals her wounds
She looks into his soulful eyes
Her heart starts singing loving tunes
She steals a kiss, then off she flies


Now he tries to end the war
Saying they fight for no good reason
They say they’ve heard it all before
And sentence him to death for Treason

She tells her lords to think things over
Asks if they remember why they die
Her questions make them sit up, sober
They see the love inside her eye


A truce is called before the others
They soon find out silence is golden
And now they see forbidden lovers
And to them, their lives beholden

A senseless war cost millions of lives
Fought with sticks and bombs and spears and guns
The deaths of many husbands, wives
Brothers, sisters, daughters sons.


And so a peace reigns through the land
With grateful children, fathers, mothers.
As two walk out, hand in hand
The war was stopped by forbidden lovers.

© A Forbes 2017

Haibun Thinking Week 11 2014

If you want to know more about the Haibun Thinking challenge, then head here.. I have decided to use the postcard as the prompt for this story.

As children they would play together, they would play with their hoops; they would look for cars and carriages. At sixteen, they started exploring each other, and at twenty-one they married. They spent years together, with the turn of the century being a big time of their life. Their children came along at the turn of the century, and he became a sailor and rose through the ranks fast.

Tensions began to mount in the early nineteen-teens. His son would send a post card to him every week, and every week he would send one in return no matter where he was. He would always mention a landmark of the last port they visited.

His ship left England to head to the US. He never received his son’s last postcard

Lusitania sinks
causing a catastrophic event
that saw the loss of millions

*The Lusitania was destroyed in 1915 plunging the US into World War I