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Do you?

June 20, 2010
By blue-midnight SILVER, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
blue-midnight SILVER, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"beauty is not blond,
love is not first sight,
family is not for gain,
respect is not a right,
knowledge is not key,
magic is not pretend,
peace is not paper,
goodbye is not the end"

Do you
hear he cries from far a way
do you pretend they're not there?

The red white and blue
run proudly
through your veins during mid day.

The flag on your chest
says everything
which needs to be said.
She looks back at you,
with grace on your chest,
and there she stays.
She holds the amazing red, white and blue.
She is the one to blame
cause at night,
The colors fade
and demons run rampant.
Your head their cell
finally freed,
cause they know what you did.

The gun you held
no longer a separate part,
instead an extension
of your arm.

Every night
you hear the same thing,
a chorus of grown men
sobbing and waiting to die.
They're all broken inside.
The unspoken rule
already broken,
the killing machines
are dying inside.

Do you think this
this is the American dream
has the proud flag
turned you into
a massacre of the weak?

The author's comments:
Well first off, if i offended some one please forgive me. I did not intend this to be insulting but rather another viewpoint. I truly admire any solider out there fighting out battles, but this poem wasn't made to sugar coat all the pain and psychological trauma they have to go through. I have read a lot of poems on war and how brave the solders are but they never mention what the cost has to be. This poem is intended for you to see solders as humans and not immune,and emotionless creatures, that's all. no insulting intended.

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