ND (19, April,1951 / kalubovila East, Sri Lanka)

Shoplifter

Police ran behind the thief
and caught him.
It looks very sad,
a deserter is holding a canned meat
and his name is Man.Dalmatian.
(nickname for the dark spots on his face) .
Who served half of his hard life
in the armed forces
and at last what he gained?
only the isolation!

by nimal dunuhinga

Comments (2)

who is to blame? the ppl that trained the soldiers or the soldiers for succumbing to a will that is not justified. compassion & discipline need to work both ways but so often theyre short-circuited. one or the other. interesting write, Sus.
it is a pity that one small sin can destroy a lifetime of service. Justice should be tempered with mercy, but so often is not. This is a very touching poem. Thank you for writing it. Warm regards, Sandra