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Now I Know
Now I know the burden of pain.
The true malevolence of the world.
My eyes were blinded, my emotions deceived,
My dreams all a wild fantasy.
Once upon a time,
I was under the impression
That life was a joy, all fun and games.
An illusion of grandeur.
Now I know the destruction of war.
The killing machines it creates.
We were animals who could not think for themselves.
Now I know the reality of battle.
Sides separated by only the color of a uniform.
All hatred is lost, any hope is crushed.
Survival is the only motivation to move on.
I have witnessed the horrors of death.
Experienced the brutality of war.
Deprived of my youth and innocence.
Witnessed brothers die in front of my own two eyes.
Now I know.