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Band of Brothers, Band of Fools

They go home to see their families,
and instead one of their number
takes a bullet in defense of his home.
And yet, he still serves.

They go across the world,
living lives apart from the familiar;
different from everything they once knew.
And yet.

They lose one invaluable member, whether a legend
or just a true blue friend; they gain others, 
new ones to train, to befriend, perchance to lose.
And yet.

We band of brothers;
we band of fools.

They get told one thing, given an idea,
and quickly find out the lies;
but not until they are no longer free.
And yet, they still serve.

They suffer under the thumb of the inept,
castigated if they try to fix, speak, think -
logic and reason held hostage, suffocated.
And yet.

They smolder and seethe, filled with hatred,
some just trying to survive their own purgatory;
biding time until their mistake expires.
And yet.

In this band, I am the bitter brother;
in this band, I am the fucking fool.

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  1. Date: 6/29/2015 8:29:00 AM

    Well penned. I like the line " They get told one thing, given an idea, and quickly find out the lies; but not until they are no longer free. And yet, they still serve."

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