Peace.

How can this happen?
Innocent people are dying.
The war needs to stop.
Men go overseas,
Looking all tough
And ready for their mission:
To serve their country.
And then as they say goodbye,
They cry and cry,
Like the tough men they are.
They don’t want to die.
They just want to help.
And it’s costing their lives.
Every day they wake up,
Fear in their eyes.
Is today the day they die?
Or will they survive another day in this hell?
Who gets to decide what will happen to these soldiers?
Whether they live or die?
Just to help and serve their country.
Is this really how to make peace?

2010 (c) Jennifer Gioia

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