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In the choppy waters
Of the world, the wars
They wage. Against
Right and wrong, they
Retreat, they rage.

Using guns, grenades, growing
Greater power by the hour.
Watched by wise eyes of
Children, chilling story of horror,
Witness to the warrior,
Run ragged, hungry and hurt,
But first, a sudden burst.
Enemy fire kills the desire
To lie down, retire for the
Night, no peace after light, just one
More fight, with the bullets’ bite.

The great green tanks trudge by,
Mechanical brothers, born without mothers.
Made to make the fight more fierce.
To terrorize and victimize with sandy silhouettes
Against the sun-soaked desert of death, but a
Single flower blooms in certain doom, so we assume.
The only light is fading life, watered
By boiling blood.

Heavy artillery shells fly like fireworks
Fast through the night.
Artificial light, might be the end
The final battle, bombs banging on bunker
Doors, fall to the floor.
Air whips the white flag flying
Freely, but cold as steel he
Shoots the peaceful, the blinding bright white
Turns ragged red, they begin to battle again,
And bullets begin to hiss by his head.

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Fia-fia said...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm:
This is fantastic. You are completely right..... rage and battles.... all of it. I love this. As said before... Speechless ;) its wonderful to you can verbalize the power and problem. THank you :)
 
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RebeccaIsLove said...
Apr. 11, 2011 at 11:01 am:
*SPEECHLESS* Bravo, Bravo.
 
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Evaine said...
Dec. 12, 2010 at 8:36 am:
wow. that was really insightful.  this should be given at a war memorial or something. very good. :)
 
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Jtaco95 said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 11:54 am:
This was great, Very descriptive and describes what is going on today with the world
 
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angel of music said...
Feb. 16, 2010 at 11:17 am:
I agree. Our species is very war hungry. I mean what great things has the U.S.A done besides find new ways to kill people or get fat?
 
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WriterFanaticThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 10, 2010 at 11:43 pm:
why? why are we such a brutal race?! MARVELOUS JOB! You are a fantastic writer!
 
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krysling said...
Aug. 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm:
a perfect envisionment of war. the images keep running through my head.
 
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