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The Nation's Call (standard:poetry, 290 words)
Author: SiobhanAdded: Oct 04 2002Views/Reads: 2003/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The deadly truth has hit me today, my friends who I love are leaving for war.

We're only babies, only 18 

Not yet ready for the real world 

But even as I sit in the comfort of my room 

My boys, my dearest friends, are training 

And yet that never really bothered me 

I never really expected them to leave 

We all figured we wouldn't go into war 

It was too vague a concept 

But to hell with our naivity 

Our innocence soon destroyed 

Today I learned the bad news 

Which I guess in a way is good 

My very first kiss, one I shall always remember, 

Volunteered to fight 

Six months left until he leaves for Iraq 

That's not the way it's supposed to be 

I can't deny that I admire the courage he displays 

But at the same time, 

I can't help but think how stupid he is 

Listen to all the tales of war 

They are not cheery or enthralling 

They are death, blood, and utter chaos 

And he has thrown himself willingly into the fire 

These are my friends who have put themselves on the line 

Our country, our freedom, they're willing to die to defend 

And god how I respect them with everything I am 

But I love them and I know some will not come back 

Some will be in body bags, if they even make that 

While others just will be gone from existance 

Buried in some anyonomous grave 

I cannot stand the thought of my boys 

Fading away but I know there is a good chance it will happen 

And when I say goodbye it may be for the last time 

Our nation has called, and my loves have responded 

I wish them the best with all of my soul 

And may they come back to me whole


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