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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 | Formatted Version
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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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 --


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. 



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