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Cycle

Cycle

1.

You drink too much,

They said.

Dropped out of school,

Can’t get a job.

Join the army,

They’ll straightened you up.

 

2.

Straighten up!

Stand straight!

Sarg yelled.

He only had to once.

 

I had lost track of

What, where, why.

 

3.

Don’t get yourself killed.

Sure, now you care.

 

4.

I don’t think I can sweat more.

All the moisture has been sucked

Out of me.

The headaches never die.

They feel normal now.

 

5.

A steady hum,

 It’s almost relaxing.

The round ends.

I reload

And pull the trigger.

 

6.

“And then he fucking ran.”

Dusty and I laughed.

The others in the tank joined in.

I don’t think they knew why,

But then again neither did we.

 

7.

Dusty points to the lead tank.
“And he’s damn cr—”

Flash, then

Silence.

I was lying on the ground.

My boot was bleeding.

I knew it wasn’t my blood.

It wasn’t my ear, fingernail, or wedding picture.

 

8.

It is beautiful.

The night sky displays light.

Little spots that I have never

Seen before.

For the first time, 

I see the world.

 

9.

“They’re here, man. I know they are!”

Dusty kicked over everything standing in the room.

The mother winched as he shattered

Her life.

The children bore no tears,

Expressionless.

“Where did your husband put them?”

He asked the woman.

Struggling, she couldn’t answer.

 

10.

Trudged out of the house

Unsuccessful.

Dusty muttered swears

And turned around at the house

And tossed a grenade:

A hero.

 

11.

You’re done.

Thank you for serving this country

(by destroying another.)

 

12.

Flashes, screams turned silent, red, dismembered everything, fire, hate to live, helmets with no head, childr—fa—dea—

Numb.

I pour myself another drink.

 


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