the last toot of the horn
fades

who has use for a soldier
when there is no more wars
to fight

the sacrifices of
lives
loves
limbs
who champions their cause?

the country called
they answered

now
who hears their call?

the sounds of the rifles
echoes in the background

the body scarred
not outwardly
they walk among us
some successful
some not

some believed the higher
calling
more the fool they

there are programs
for peoples failures
AA, SA, DA
criminals and abusers

the body is scarred
all gave

the round chambered
fired
a turned over bottle
the blood drips on the floor

another one dies
abandoned
forgotten
laid to rest
in an unmarked tomb
no hero he

some gave

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