the war is finally over
all the soldiers have gone home
all the fallen buried
six feet beneath cool loam

we have cleaned our weapons
and put them all away
naive to think we'll leave them there
so safely out of play

so secretly I stash one
a dagger down my boot
hidden landmines waiting
I know surrender's moot

I never sought this conflict
you brought it to my door
now battle scarred and weary
there's nothing left worth fighting for

every time our eyes meet
or you walk into the room
my heart is filled with terror
and an impending sense of doom

you say the war is over
and the time's come to atone
but I'm still staring at the battlefield
where I fought so long alone

counting up the endless cost
and the losses I have born
thinking of the price I've paid
for the scars I've never worn

you say you want alliance
there's a treaty I should sign
we two will forge an empire
if I'll just cross your line

I'm stuck here staring wide-eyed
shell-shocked and bloody still
haunted by my damage
as hot tears begin to spill

sadly I cannot recall
my many murdered pieces
casualties of this war you waged
still gone once fighting ceases

a heart abused and so unloved
like a soldier too long at war
will clutch the weapon not the branch
to settle up the score

so regretfully I must decline
to come sit at your table
a walking wounded soldier
quits the field while she's able

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HarverTomsson commented on parley


Husbands are the last to know thy've denegrated Venus By stabbing back with what they lack with their blunt stilletto penis. You are one amazing Amazon. And that is intentionally complimentary.



Thanks Harver, I always appreciate compliments from those whose talent is yours is.

SavVySam commented on parley


Powerful, powerful words! You have penned strong images, evoking stronger emotion! "like a soldier too long at war we will clutch the weapon not the branch to settle the score" Perfection...I wish that I had written that! "10"

WordSlinger commented on parley


Tough, and full of images. Stanza 10 is my favorite. I wonder what's in the other boot, ha, what's in the other boot. See I know these things.



I'll never tell.

Poetry is what is lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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