Questions of a Soldier

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Short poem about a soldier questioning his duty

Submitted: October 07, 2012

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To fight or not to fight, that is the question.

The battle rages in our hearts, our minds, and now our souls.

Do we aid our brothers in their darkest hour?

Do we comfort those who sit and cower?

Are we the angel, or the lamb?

Do we follow the shepherd, or defend man?

Is my enemy before or behind,

Is my brother on my side?

Questions, questions, none can say,

Though it’s clear we all think the same.

Our leaders send us to the slaughter.

We fight and bleed, they sit and dine.

When mankind prays we answer the call, but who saves us when we feel small?

An angel does what an angel must, to help the father defend the flock.

But is our father on our side, when demons come to claim our lives?

When the days are dark and future grim,

My heart returns to whence I came;

The heat of sun, a warm embrace.

These dreams are mine but not mine,

They sweep through my brothers like wind through field of golden grain.

This, my pain, a new divide!

A choice between duty and love,

My brothers on the battlefield, my family back home.


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