Dearly Departed


A sunny Spring day,

Perfect in every way

A day just like many years before

When we were young and off to war

Marching in a glorious parade

Soaking up patriotic accolades
Old men spoke impassioned words

For a noble cause now blurred
Lost somewhere in the fog of recollection

The war took us in a different direction
To an inferno where our demons convened

Scarred battlefields strewn with mangled dreams
Tourists today visit the manicured site

Trying to get their photo ops right
Right next to the souvenir shop stands a plaque

Recounting a litany of casualty facts
Most don’t even bother reading the sign

Now just big numbers diminished by time,
But to us forgotten ghosts who didn’t come back

Our sacrifice is more than a mere statistical fact
Not that we require any bronze statues

Dieing was never what we intended to do
Heroes we became quite accidentally

Fighting forever battles throughout eternity
We are the faceless casualties of war

Still trying to figure out what we died for


About @stgreenie

I am my own best friend because I do so enjoy my company

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