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Soldiers in the street

May 23, 2014

Soliders marching in the street
are not soldiers marching to war.
Smart uniforms, shiny boots,
bayonets flashing, sharp and sinister;
they’re not soldiers marching to war.

Soldiers lying in crumpled heaps,
bodies broken beyond repair,
photos treasured, tears and grief;
worrying worrying, beyond despair
for the soldiers who marched to war.

Smashed streets where no one walks,
bloodied uniforms galore;
bayonets buried in their guts;
dreams buried beneath the gore.
These were soldiers who marched to war.

Soldiers marching in the street,
soldiers returning from the war.
Bodies broken, faces grim;
nightmares haunting them.
Soldiers marching from the war.

– Barry Tucker, 2014

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One Comment
  1. You have summed up my feelings exactly, Barry. We are not celebrating heroes and victories. We are remembering the blood, terror, pain and death of war. Only those who survived can know what its reality was. Not forgetting the bereaved with their shattered dreams. Generation after generation.

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