Warrior



what is so courageous about
a man who speaks of his past in monotone
voices with no inflection to the present
with no variation on the future?

come home a better man
if you come home at all

courage is not to be given freely
to the man on the street of a foreign land
somewhere
holding a gun to a pig's head

how patriotic

water washes him up on the beaches of the home front

Hawaii

and the native girls
are so pretty
now

 

 

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