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The Grim Truth

the grim truth behind the pride of viewing 
the contents of the museum
is not obvious to the public 
some are finding gruesome treasures inside 
where men came out victorious from battle 
those who were fortunate to return see the awful truth 
behind the annoying but amazing comments 
heard from frightened soldiers sleeping under the moon 

do not patronize these heroes by ogling antiques 
saved by the opaque ones who stayed home 
do they see the wounded man 
hiding behind the monolith of hatred 
waiting for an opening to escape the horror 
he fought with vicious stamina trying 
not to be vindictive in his quest 
coming back to a prelude of delightful greeters 
waiting in the oval office 
to pin a medal on his chest      

Copyright © Betty Bateson | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 7/15/2016 5:52:00 AM

    Great Betty...
  1. Date: 7/14/2016 9:30:00 AM

    Betty, I am in awe of your profound poem and how you incorporated those 21 words. Such a powerful message you convey. I predict your poem will be high on the winner's list. Best wishes. 7 Sandra