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Spoils of War

silence rings

By Brin J.Published 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
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i was raised to want peace,

but the world decided it wanted war

i was forced to slay someone else's demons,

taking them as my own- but what for?

i'd fight in the name of love,

for family, and for health

so, how did i end up here

where i'm no longer myself?

i'd never choose a cold battlefield

over the comfort of a warm bed

did i believe i'd make it out alive?

would the gods give me mercy if i bled?

i'm expected to raise a weapon

against those who are not my enemies

why is manslaughter a crime in court

but in war, there are no penalties?

prayers are lost among the roars

courage is swallowed up by fear

names are whispered on the wind

of those they each held dear

the air is tainted with the scent of death

the beautiful earth- smeared in a red stain

my hands are coated in blood

atrocities committed for another's gain

how did this become of me?

i wanted peace- not war

alone, i see the battle is done

i survived... but what for?

death cries fade away

silence rings throughout the air

and now i know the spoils of war:

endless hopelessness and despair


About the Creator

Brin J.

I never believed the sky is the limit, therefore my passions are expansive. My interest in writing stemmed from poetry but my heart lead me to Sci-Fi Fantasy. Consequently, my stories are plot-driven with splashes of evocative elements.

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  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    This is one of my favourite poems by you, Brin! It really is a powerfully emotive and raw piece that perfectly expresses what so many of us feel about war! well done!

  • Kelsey Clarey2 months ago

    This is very well written and absolutely tugs at the heartstrings.

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    Brin, this should be the mantra of a generation. So well expressed, every line is a truth bomb, spoken from a heart of compassion. Well done!

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    War is hell!!! Your poem is powerful and opens up the contradictions of murder a crime and killing in a war is acceptable. There are no wiinners in war. What a person believes and what they are forced to do causing long term consequences.

  • Ian Read2 months ago

    Raw, poignant, and evocative. Brilliant work!

  • When we were serving churches in South Dakota back in the 1990s, my wife had a parishioner who lived on the reservation who would not take communion because he found he just could not forgive Truman for sending him to war. It took until a month before he died before he finally relented. We aspire to be one thing, but when the moment comes upon us all too often we discover we're something quite different. And when we do, we're never the same again.

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