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Honorable Soldier

They say my duty is to protect the lands
Defend it! Even with your bare hands
I train so hard in the sun and rain
To become stronger, something to gain
Task after task it gets tougher
My heart and skin become rougher
Learning how to become a predator
I was chosen for this, not just a visitor
Aim for your target's heart
Kill him, find another one, restart
Gradually, I lose all emotion
Combat is my only devotion
Suddenly terrors outbreak
Our country is at stake
What are we going to do?
Start a war, come soldier, you!
Surely, the fight begins
But who are the villains?
I didn't have time to think
These dots to link
I was at war
Fighting like a wild boar
Killing as many enemies as I can
This terror, I will surely ban
An enemy tries to run
I kill him just for fun
Wait! Am I enjoying this?
What is this unholy bliss?
Feeling delight by making others suffer
What is it that I offer?
Wasn't it peace and tranquility?
How come I'm committing infidelity?
I look around, the seeds of hell
Have all come out of their shell
Pointless murdering
Me and my fleet are shouldering
Countless cases of rape
Committed by the heroes wearing the cape
The land we were supposed to protect
With corruption, it, We did infect
Following orders from above
All our humanity we had to shove
Why didn't we ask first?
Why, for blood, did we thirst?
The enemy I killed was just a kid
Going back to a place where he hid
To the world, I'm a hero
Personally, I'm just a zero
My humanity is back
Taking me to the right track
But I'm chained to my regret
A shame that I can't neglect
Although, I did quit the war
It’s not enough to pay back the score
I got a soul, yet I'm just a boulder
I am the honorable soldier

Copyright © Ali Akl

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  1. Date: 12/19/2011 5:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win in P.D.'s "It's Up To You" contest Ali. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 2:54:00 AM
    Nice write here.Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 12/18/2011 2:53:00 AM
    Nice write here.Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 6:45:00 PM
    Wonderful write. enjoyed. Thanks for sharing and congratulation on your win. bl

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 3:54:00 PM
    A soldier sees a view of the world that humanity couldn't bare...pouring out your soul helps the regular folks really develop an understanding of the mental turmoil that enslaves you...This is a great write. Congrats and Merry Christmas.

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 2:49:00 PM
    Wow. You laid it all out there Ali. Congratulations on your win

  1. Date: 12/17/2011 12:56:00 PM
    Ali, congratulations on your wonderful win. In my "you pick a poem contest" ;-) Thank you for the support,..p.d.