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War Game

The terrain tilts, swerves
on his console
as he manoeuvres
the distant drone.

He enters co-ordinates
for the target, the missile locks on,
then ZAP! In a flash,
mud bricks are rubble and dust.

The second, exploding
among scrabbling villagers,
completes the mission.
Game over.

Later, evaluators
send back news:
the incorrect co-ordinates
will be excused.

Mantz Yorke is a former science teacher and researcher living in
Manchester, England. His poems have appeared in a number of print
magazines, anthologies and e-magazines in the UK, Ireland, Israel,
Canada, the US, Australia and Hong Kong. His collection,
will be published in February 2020.

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Previously published in Eleventh Transmission:
"Pleas of a Victim" by Sunita Sahu.

Published December 22, 2019

Special Project: 45 Poems of Protest

War Game

by Mantz Yorke
(Manchester, England)
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