poetry by j matthew waters

the partisan & the mercenary

after all we know
fighting like hell to solve differences
plotting & treading
I recruit thyself
not having to disclose my date of birth
thrown into action
and somersaulting
straight to the front lines
awaiting further orders

why is it so hard
to do the right thing
those things politicians preach
honor & praise
where do such commendable intentions
run & hide
once all hell breaks loose
becoming like a
frightened foot soldier
positioned in a fox hole
frozen in body
and in mind

february two thousand twenty-one
copyright j matthew waters
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5 thoughts on “the partisan & the mercenary

  1. Your words clearly states the madness of our social political scenario. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™

  2. Love the frozen soldier image at the end of your piece. Our best intentions experiencing ptsd. Enjoyed this piece.

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