My Answer

December 7, 2011
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I hadn’t known, oh I hadn’t known……

Today, my brother asked me a question
“When faced with life or death, when confronted with a choice, what would you do?”
I walked away without giving him an answer, oh; I knew what it would be
I just didn’t think it was important, I didn’t think it mattered
I didn’t realize just how wrong I was

Now standing here, the man has his gun to my chest
I remembered my brother’s words, “When faced with a choice……”
And I let a tear fall down my cheek, because I saw in the corner,
Held by a second man, my brother, tears on his cheeks as well
And the silent memory of his question filling his eyes

He knew my answer; he could see it on my face, in my eyes
He knew he would lose me today, I knew I would lose him
Sacrifice myself; I would do over and over, to save my family
Because the man had given me a choice, he has faced me with death
Save myself, or die for my family

I closed my eyes and let the words of a song flit through my mind
If today was your last day, and tomorrow was too late
I opened my tear filled eyes, and looked at my sister,
Small, terrified, young and helpless, I felt sadness as I saw her face
She knew my answer as well

I looked to my parents, their faces stricken in grief and fear,
Their eyes begged of me ‘no’
But I knew that they understood, I couldn’t
I couldn’t let it happen, today was my last day
Tomorrow was too late, and I had chosen

I ignored the gun, to look the man in the eyes
They were filled with hate and anger, turmoil and chaos
He had asked me to choose, die for my family
Or save myself and choose someone else
He saw my answer in my eyes, and he fired

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JustAnotherOwl said...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 8:00 am
I like this! It's really sad, but incredibly good! I like how it starts off with her brother asking her the question...(: Really great!
Skyye replied...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 10:14 am
Thank you!! :-)
LoudDreamer said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm
Great work, I love it! This is a very sad, but very touching poem. It is on that tells a story, which I always love, and the detail is amazing. It draws the reader right into the sad tale and makes them ponder the question it asks. Great job, 5/5!
Skyye replied...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm
Thank you so much Loud!! That is my aim, and I'm glad something thinks I've achieved it :-)
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