Blue and Gray

August 15, 2013
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He trembles and lifts
The rifle
To his brother’s heart,
Guilt thundering through his bones
Like the vibration of the barrel
Balanced against his cheek,
Bayonet yearning
To spear
Timid flesh.

The clouds align
As a barricade against the skies,
Grenades rumbling the Earth
With rage.
You stare into the eyes of your victim,
Your neighbor.
He almost sees the veil of memories
Flashing by
The soldier’s eyes;
His wedding,
His children,
And the collection
Of his funeral.

Emotions take hold of his trigger
And spin him around to gaze in the mirror:
Who am I to take this man’s life?
Who am I to engage war?

You throw your rifle down
And embrace the one
Dressed in gray.

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_Emmm said...
Sept. 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm
I enjoyed this very much, it was so easy to read, as it flowed very nicely. Loved it!
Sethives7 said...
Aug. 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm
I really like this Hannah :) Your a very good writer
Fallenoutofgrace said...
Aug. 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Yay first comment!  Well hi hannah glad to see new stuff by you :3 well where to start first off I think this is pure talent I love how its like going back to the civil war era  :3 I love how it is you your talent flows through in pure omazement it makes me think so I guess what I'm saying is keep it up becase your gonnna gooo sooo far frend :3 5/5 stars no doudt.  
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