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QUALMS

Qualms about war
He had no qualms about signing up.
After all, wasn’t war about heroes and doing right?
Many of his friends had already gone,
Eager to prove themselves and show they could fight.
He wanted to be a pilot, a hotshot ace,
Swooping down to save his fellow soldiers,
A hero from outer space.
The recruiter had told him many lies,
About the country he could save,
But he discovered there was another story,
And it haunted him to his grave.
Given an assignment to attack the enemy,
Flying high, flying low, over the jungles he flew.
Below him in a lonesome valley,
Was a village he loved and knew.
Before he went he asked a question,
Although he knew he had a duty to fill,
“Was this village the saints or sinners”,
But he should have no qualms to kill.
After the war he went back,
Hoping to make amends,
But peace was still uneasy,
Bullets don’t make good friends.
The body count made him a hero,
But his dreams kept him awake.
And one beautiful day in October,
He chose his life to take.
May 16, 2017

Heir to the Castle

Heir to the Castle

With dismay I continued to climb,

Knowing well where this stair would lead,

I would have stopped long ago,

But my captor would not heed,

A steady pace, another flight,

If I asked now would I offend?

With much effort I continued on,

But I did not want to ascend,

Then I felt it, a cool sea breeze,

The hood was pulled suddenly from my face,

Since we stopped, could I plead?

But I was not expecting to get grace,

My blindfold was removed and I could see,

The kingdom I ruled, all the years gone by,

My captor, led me slowly to the edge,

He told me this was the day I would die,

“The kingdom is now mine, mine alone,

I’m tired of you getting the praise, all,

Now I’m doing what needs to be done,

Enjoy your loyal subjects as you fall,”

Beside the wall the crowd gathered round,

Soldiers were interspersed to prevent any disorder,

I was forced to take one last empty step,

I tumbled downward, and looked up at my brother.