Green Hills Literary Lantern




After the Wars


In Serbia a young woman

stands beside the highway

wearing a HIGH ON LIFE t-shirt,

green letters on black.

Even the dusty plastic beer bottles

littering the ditch look content,

nor do the manikins in the

small town shop windows

know they are naked.

The brightly colored baby clothes

hanging on the line know nothing

about war, or who their fathers

might be.



David Thornbrugh is a Ring of Fire poet based in Seattle, Washington. In his poetry, he strives to make sense of existence, and to lessen some of the gloom he feels as the natural world fades further and further into the past and the future looks less and less viable. He finds life without humor not worth the effort, and the idea of being a poet in America pretty funny.