THE SPOILS OF WAR

And the troops go marching proudly by

as she wipes a tear from her weary eyes,

the one that she seeks, she will never again hold

for he died at his post; he was thirty years old.

 

The colours fly high on a cool autumn breeze

as man and boy march with well practiced ease,

so glad to be home after being so brave,

with flags overhead and not covering their graves.

 

She can bare it no longer as tears start to flow

down pale damp cheeks as she sways to and fro,

too much of their blood spilled on foreign fields

at the whim of the tyrants and their deadly deals.

 

Friends hold her up with compassion and love

and so many look down from the heavens above,

surrounded by many who share in her grief

but the feelings yield little by way of relief.

 

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And the troops go marching with heads held high,

ribbons on tunics for brave deeds gone by

but each feels the loss of their friends and their kin,

and trauma buried deep beneath a mask, now so thin.

 

They’ve experienced things that just shouldn’t be done,

in the name of freedom, down the barrel of a gun.

The memories will haunt them for the rest of their lives

as they try to return to their children and wives.

 

But in truth and reality, how can any return

to their previous lives after all they have learned,

no love and compassion; no laughter and smiles

can replace what was lost across many long miles.

 

They’ve all left behind their innocent souls,

dead and buried in deep desert holes,

leaving them drained and with aching hearts

for a love and a life that has been torn apart.

 

§

 

And the troops go marching so silently by

on streets lined with people; cheering and cries

but she turns her back on this painful parade,

wishing time could roll back and her son would be safe.

 

And there’s rage in her heart for the tyrants who sent

so many to their deaths; so much blood spilled and spent

as they cover their coffers; their spoils of war,

like ghouls in the shadows keeping count of their score.

 

Rubbing their hands and patting their backs

lying and cheating and covering their tracks.

Another quick round in their wretched games,

the dice from the dealer dishing out death and pain.

 

The survivors will never sleep soundly again

for the loss and the scars will always remain

The ghosts of their past, ever present and near,

taunting as they sink in depression and fear.

 

§

 

And the troops go marching so slowly by

some holding back, some with tears in their eyes,

for the nightmare lives on in the world far and wide

where so many remain and so many have died.

 

 

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Written by Darren Scanlon, 24th August 2015.

© 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Very well written Darren, powerful reminder of the costs of war for those not reeping money.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Indeed. Thanks, Henrietta.

      Liked by 1 person

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