Added 23 June 2003
What do you remember from the war? That is what I will remember. Look at him. And tell me then:
The rousing music
or the wailing mothers?
A flag proudly waving
or a cloth shrouding the dead?
The obscure green vision of a battle through goggles
or the blood red stains in a coffin to be used for more dead?
Do you remember the cost,
or do you remember, the PRICE.
The fresh-faced soldier victoriously waving his arms,
or the burned orphan boy who has none left to wave.
To the point where a part of me
wishes I never saw it at all.
Look at the thousands like him.
And tell me again
about the "necessary evil" of war.
Will you remember what you've been fed,
or what has been taken?
What do you remember from the war?
That is what I will remember.
Look at him.
And tell me then:
Written 14 April 2003