I never knew

so many shades of grey existed in the world

The ground, the sky, all grey; the soldiers too

Either side

Nowhere to hide it seems

From this dismal epidemic


The grass was once a greenish hue

Before the rain washed it away

The sky was blue

But so many spirits flew

To go wherever they go

It must have mourned them too


My blood was red

Deep red

I saw it run one day

Like so many men

It ran off my arm

It hit the ground

And it too turned grey


I looked into a mirror the other day

For the first time in a while

And a man I knew looked back at me

But slightly different did he seem

I could have sworn

His eyes were blue

Sometime before today

But now those aching eyes that stared

Were coloured shades of grey