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War Crimes

"Leave no man behind"
That was my first blood
I deserted him and left him on that island
Seventeen years later we found each other 
He held no grudge, one he had rights to
But he can't make me loathe myself any less

I left her with a Commander who was insane and cunning
No one knew the true scope until it was too late
Cast aside by the system and my inability... My instability
I may never recover that connection
Not sure I'm of worth

Finally, I found my comrade with one in tow
Even being there every day
I was unavailable, insufficient
And it hurt her in so many ways
Ways that will show in the battles and victories to come

A trial, no need.... Prison, my own warden
I can only hope to witness the coming events passively
I can hope to be invited to join their ranks once again
To be there, even if too late

The world forgets much
I cannot.... Will not.... Must not

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  1. Date: 7/26/2013 3:01:00 AM
    Jim - This is a mesmerizing and heartbreaking confessional...I read your own comment that it was about failing your children...Oh how I can identify...Congratulations sir - Tim

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 9:49:00 PM
    Jim; Congratulations with your win in Drake's Confessional contest. take care- LINDA

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 7:13:00 PM
    thanks for the kind words.... this poem drained me.... this is a true story of how i failed my children.... no fiction, no quarter.

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 6:32:00 PM
    Jim this poem cleaves the heart and soul of man kind, congrats on your win , I pray you self love on this one xxx

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 6:22:00 PM
    You are a good story teller, congrats.

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 4:03:00 PM
    good poem congrats on win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 2:09:00 PM
    Jim, good going in the -The Confessional- contest. CONGRATULATIONS:-) Have yourself a great day. >SKAT<

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 7:52:00 AM
    Jim, congrats on winning an Honorable mentioni on my "Confessional" contest. I have to say that the setting was very gripping & the point of view you applied here really set the mood proper. Very, very well done!