War

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Perhaps it would've been real If not for War

Submitted: April 30, 2017

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Submitted: April 30, 2017

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We used to be two allies

On the same side of the table

Shoulder to shoulder, side by side

Joined in the same war

 

We used to fight together

Inseparable as twins

You’d strike, I’d block

I’d parry, you’d thrust

 

If you were hit, I’d bleed for you

If I was stuck, you’d cover for me

Never lied, never a traitor

Always cared, always loyal

 

And then we won the war

Through sweat and dirt and broken limbs

Through hurt and pain and lost comrades

We both stood tall and won the war

 

The flag was raised

The crowd cheered

And there we stood, side by side

Both hands raised, conjoined

 

The glory was yours, the triumph mine

Both of us, in the spotlight

Pretty smiled on our faces

Broken hearts deep in our spirits

 

And then the crowd went away

As dawn turned into dusk

And left us here, face to face

Alone, among the dust

 

When I looked at you, I saw

My anchor and my friend

My partner and my soul

And yet when your eyes rose to meet mine

You didn’t see the same in me

 

My heart began to shatter and crack

As you turned and walked away

Each broken piece falling to the floor

Among red, bloodstained ashes

 

What happened to my friend?

My trusty, loyal comrade?

The one who would stand strong for me

Through all the deaths and the losses?

 

But then as I stand there, it comes to me

The sad and simple truth

We were never friends, never partners

Only allies in the same war

 

So now we’re here, yet again

But at different sides of the table

Eye to eye, heart to heart

With tears running down our faces

 

Former allies turned into enemies

Still fighting and still hurting

Yet something’s changed, something big

We’re in a different, newer

War


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