Donald A. Chase lives in Massachusetts. He joined the US Army Reserves in 1944, and later enlisted in the regular army. Chase served with the 89th Infantry Division in Europe during The Second World War, and re-enlisted at the outbreak of the Korean War. He arrived in Korea in 1951. Wounded three times during the war, Chase was discharged in 1953.
"Prisoners of War"
Off to one side and silent
One had blood dripping down his face,
The third had feet discolored,
They were enemy soldiers,
That scene of pain and misery,
"Brutal Game of War"
First there is a scream for a medic,
Still others shake and tremble,
Sometimes the fighting is savage,
Yet when the battle is won,
So many times this happens,
Questions for Reflection: “Prisoners of War” and “The Brutal Game of War”
- How might you describe the emotions felt by a prisoner of war?
- How does Chase in “Prisoners of War,” describe the conditions of the prisoners? What are his feelings toward them?
- How does Chase explain the exhilaration of winning a battle in the poem, “Brutal Game of War?”
- What is the fall-out of participating in the “brutal game of war?”