The Waves of War
I've risen up from the bottom
I’ve free fallen from the top
I'm down to earth
But the free fall never stopped
I was eventually battered by the waves
Hit my head on the rocks
I drifted for days
I awoke surrounded by the ocean so misty and clouded in this grayish haze
Just like the sea
I felt sometimes so clear blue and so free
Then sometimes I felt as deep and as black as could be
The world had cast me away because I had questioned its wars
I had questioned its ways
The silver lining that had been behind this life had withered and frayed
As I looked around
Bullets began to stray
The ocean was flipped upside down
The sea floor became a battleground
Barbed wire raised
The ditches sunk
The scene unfolded into a battlefront
But that grayish haze didn't change
You couldn't mistake the sound
The whiz of the bullets
The moments of silence
I’m thrown back by the sight
The sound and sight of artillery shells as they shatter the ground
Covered by the ash strewed grass
I'm thrown back
I was battered by the blast
I bashed my head on a rock
No longer than three minutes I'd last. . .
Bled out on the already blood stained grass
They arrived with a letter after only a day passed
My mother. . .
Her heart shattered like glass
My father. . .
To his knees he collapsed
An honorable death in the letter somewhere it read
But so many words left unsaid
What a pointless sacrifice
Sorrow filled flicker of the candle lights
Devastating letters to family. . .
Just wait till’ dad sees. . .
The 21 guns salute
The flag strewn casket
Inside his son. . .
Who he, himself, taught to shoot a gun at 6 years young
Lil’ sis’ still can't grasp it
Too young to understand the senselessness of a topic so sensitive
There truly is no sense in this
Our patriotic grievances
With all these wars and smothered grins
I wonder if anyone actually still believes in sins
I myself no longer see the light
I try so hard to catch another glimpse
I once saw it as a young boy
But then I grew up
The shadow of the real world was too immense
So it died out back then
I haven't seen it since
The human race
The United States
Says it strives for peace
Yet the world’s becoming more and more of a crazy place
They think being capable of the most destruction keeps us safe
Yet it's dangerous so they develop destructive weapons behind closed gates
The sins of humanity are clearly pointed out in our history
We've had two world wars soon to be three. . .
Undoubtedly. . .
Guess Planet Earth is now a wars world
It is this that makes the world so unworldly
Divided we've always stood
Divided we'll inevitably fall
Tripped over our own two feet
Caught up in the waves when our engines stall
Capsized by the waves of our history. . .
Sometimes so clear blue and so free
Then sometimes as deep and black as could be
History's developing a pattern so sink or swim won't matter
A shadow over our own people we so easily cast
Drowned in the darkness
Caused by the ignorance so easily hidden and masked
Caused by the heartless
So oblivious to the past
It's now just a matter of how long we can hold our breath
How long we'll last
One thousand years won't save our lives
But thousands of lives can be saved for a lifetime if we understand the fact that...
Wars don't determine who is right...
Only who is left
Only who is left to fight another day
It's sad to say
So sad to see
Wish these soldiers could come home and live happily
But when they close their eyes they see their brothers in arms meet their demise
Again and again and they beg and they beg
“Please god when does it end! ”
"What do you want from me? ”
"If it was only me and not them! "
“Why couldn't you have saved my friends? ”
“They were clearly the better men.”
They had wives
They had children
They had lives
Now what fills in?
A flag in a glass case
Right above the fireplace
A picture frame of their smiling face
An angel lost to amazing grace
A silent dinner table . . .
An empty space. . .
A whole future. . .
A whole life. . .
Gone and erased. . .
Lost to The Waves of War
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This is a poem for the fallen.