An Unforgiven War
Pain, destruction, hatred and fear,
Friend or foe in world's critical demands,
Reliving hellish moments of harsh reality,
Battle-scarred faces and shattered pride
Reflecting rejection from kindred beings,
Blinded by political lies and false alliance.
Warriors, misunderstood and guilty only of
Plagued by mental anguish from an
Yesterday's nightmares as vivid today
In feverish flashbacks.
Different enemy, yet same war.
Soldiers facing an unaccepting society,
Reaching desperately into depths of
Seeking cherished comradery.
Bitterness exploding the walls of an
Eroded, but not forgotten, tenderness.
Hatred and anger replacing love and
Saved only for buddies who surpass
Dutiful citizens surviving Hades,
Only to return to a personal hell.
Pride, love, respect and life,
Asking so little, giving so much.
A moment to show acceptance to
Heroes of old,
Sharing painful memories to understand
Nightmares relived with each breath of life.
The price of freedom, the price of truth,
The price of war, the price was paid.