The aftermath of Stalin’s ‘scorched earth’ policy, circa 1941.

Ignore the white flag on the wall,

Victory is near!

See the faces of the invaders

begin to fill with fear!


This is not a loss.

No, this is not defeat.

We’re not  giving in,

this is a tactical retreat!


Quick, pass the torches

and be generous with the oil!

Burn down the larder!

Salt every inch of soil!


The white flag on the wall

no longer says ‘defeat’.

Our enemies advance,

but their souls are in retreat.

All they see are empty coffers

and weapons caked with rust:

they stand to inherit a broken throne

and a  small handful of dust.


via Daily Prompt: Scorched


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