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Author Name: Freeoldguy 5 Comments
Date Added: September 04, 2012 06:09:36 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Type: Free Verse
Category: Grieving & Loss Add To Favorites | Text Only
 
The Winner is The Loser


War twists and contorts
a young, man's mind.
Once innocent, with thoughts
towards a bright future,
now, a mind changed forever,
destroyed by hand to hand combat
in North Africa.
Never  knowing who would die;
himself, or the man he was fighting.
Two gladiators fighting for survival.
Only one wins ... but does he truly win?

Today the victor sits in his own
drunken universe.
A parallel universe where
he doesn't exist,
so nothing can hurt him.
The shadows in the darken room
provide him camouflage
from the life he wishes to forget,
but can't.
He sits, waiting for a new prey
to defeat.
I wonder how many times he
challenged life with his bare hands
before he lost his soul.

Now, he sits in the window,
liquor bottle in his hand,
his favorite utterance ...
"Corrette, Go home ..."
constantly poised on his lips,
ready to let fly
whenever Brian comes up to play.
I think he's jealous.
 No one ... wants to be his friend.
They had wanted to kill him in Africa
and now, this is the only battle
he can still win.

He kills the bottle.



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Comments:
Comment By: PremiumDan J. Mazurek on September 5, 2012 12:36:49 PM Report


We can never really drown those demons.


Well executed and to the point Gene

Comment By: FreeAlistair Muir on September 5, 2012 08:20:01 AM Report
This could be a novel or a film -- I have read it several times and it just gets better and better -- a magnificent study of a man's self-destruction --



Alistair

Comment By: FreeFirestone Feinberg on September 4, 2012 10:25:07 AM Report
Excellent.  That's all.  Just -- Excellent.   --FF
Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on September 4, 2012 10:03:20 AM Report
Yet another heart felt poem that reaches home for some!!!
Comment By: FreeAdri on September 4, 2012 06:39:35 AM Report
War on any scale changes a person, I have seen that first hand. 
Love the execution of the piece. 

Adri 





 


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