by James Puff
This one is for the boys,
Not the boys you may think,
These are the boys of Mountain Tops,
Climbing to peaks that touch the heavens,
Valleys so lush and beauty that cannot be described,
This is for the boy that is still there
Haunted by the images of the valleys
Grass and dirt-stained red with the loss of innocence of youth,
This is for the boy asking not to die,
This is for the boy holding him as he dies,
Since the dawn of man, we send boys to die,
For wars started by old men,
For all the boys who became men on fields of battle,
For these men that carry the ideals of a nation,
To bring violence to those who bring violence who bring violence upon the innocent,
For the man who comes home broken,
For the man who was a hero away, but a villain at home,
Forsaken by Government!
Forsaken by Country!
Abandoned by family!
This is for that man.
This first appeared in The Havok Journal on August 19, 2016.