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The Face of War

The stories, bulged with laugh and boast,
Repressed the dread of shadow’s ghost.
The smell of bodies burnt like toast
They likely will recall the most.

There’s little glory in a war
And how they dare to keep the score
Of bodies where the bullets tore
The loyalty they proudly wore.

The smell of urine soaking through;
The snot and spittle adding to
The fear, and yet they always knew
The killing’s what they’re trained to do.

The enemy is now in sight;
The trembling soldier knows his might.
The finger must squeeze slow and tight;
The haunting question – “Is it right”?

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  1. Date: 12/11/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Oh it is so sad, How can we have faith in human nature when we can condone this. A good poem but each and every one of us should be writing such poems .... Well done.

  1. Date: 9/19/2013 10:54:00 AM
    Very powerful poem. Right...wrong...questions for the ages. Will we ever know? Allan

  1. Date: 8/22/2013 7:43:00 AM
    I know the feelings for I am a battle tested soldier. Fortunate to be here, though never being in a war, but have fought battles. I connect with the last stanza the most. Thanks for this one.

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 9:44:00 AM
    WOW. This is reaching far into a truth most don't understand about the face of war. You picked a perfect title. My uncle fought at Normandy and I heard some stories. Gave me chills while reading this. Smashing line at the end. Great poem of gruesome truth.