Five came back – Let there be light

A hollywood stance

on the terrors of war,

five American directors

all acclaimed in their craft

trying to convey their view

of the atrocities committed.

Each edits his take according

to what his eyes can see,

trusting in his own circumstance.


The propaganda machine

holds its vice-like sway,

the truth being hidden

to allow no gloom to set in.

The ‘casualties of the spirit’

they live in darkness,

no gleam shines out from

their tearful,  joyless eyes.

‘Let there be light’ says Huston,

and he eventually had his way.

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