Hidden Hope

Tears cut through
the mud on his face.
He collapses to his knees.

Reaching beneath decayed leaves
and rubble, Scholarship
he uncovers a newborn baby girl.

She had been left.

While her body is gaunt and grey,
and her eyes are sealed,
her lips tremble.

Seeing her struggle
was like seeing the war,
our war, America’s war,
witnessing the constant battle
he, as a soldier, faces every day.

He walks away
with his AR-57 in his hand,
cradling the fragile baby girl in his arms.

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