Support Our Troops
What if they gave a war
and nobody came?
unstable chemical treaties
crushing frightened innocents
We meant to serve our country.
We meant to save lives, shore up
bulwarks against disaster.
We meant to follow the dreams of
our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers
for a good life:
family, God, country
and a wholesome recompense of fun.
We didn't ask for horror so intense
as to reverberate through what's left
of our lives.
How is this service? Who is served?
Who left in pieces that never heal?
God is on the battle field
Not as general or mascot,
and gentle minister
of last rites
to shattered souls.