Treasure Island

Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco

(08/14/1957 / Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Scars of War


Scars of War

You say your calling was the Marines,
But yet your life remains apart at the seams.

You say the life of a soldier
Is what saved you from yourself,
But vivid dreams continue to haunt you
to reveal remanants of the torture,
You had to inflict.
How does the act justify the means?

You say, your honor was stolen from you!
But who stole it from you?

You say, it was the politicians in the end,
that left you scorned.

You say we fought in a senseless war,
In the end you were left feeling void,

Void of any human compassion. How could my
Countrymen have abandoned us?

Why were we such an embarrasment to them?
Our politician's and leader's had us believing that
it was our war as well as theirs. What enemy?
Who's enemy? Their enemy or ours? Was it easier to forget
Those brave men who selflessly gave of themselves
For their country?

You say again, how could they have abandoned us?
No recongnition, no bands playing, just a few
Surviving pictures that tell the story of the
Suffering and the innocence we left beind,
Only to realize that it will continue to burn
In our minds and leave us scared for an eternity!

Submitted: Saturday, May 05, 2012

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Written in the moment of anger, in August of 1995, by Elizabeth Fontaine Grieco, over the death of my brother-in-law, in the Bosnian War, but it applies to all wars!

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  • Eric Cockrell (5/5/2012 5:58:00 PM)

    definitely applies to all wars... these young men are trained to believe that they're fighting for liberty... and wake up to find they've been used by the profit machine... we have to come to understand that the wars have to stop. NOW! great poem. (Report) Reply

  • David Gerardino (5/5/2012 10:09:00 AM)

    very sad poem! WHEN our lord, JESUS CHRIST, shows up, and i hope it well be soon, maybe the world will put down thier guns, and bring back love. (Report) Reply

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