Charlie Parant

Collateral Damage - Poem by Charlie Parant

not fighting for pride
they took neither side
just happened to be in the way

with no wrong or right
it wasn’t their fight
but sadly got caught in the fray

no caskets, no flags,
and no body bags
no headstones to engrave

no rites, no prayers
no kin, no heirs
just buried in one mass grave

round after round
mortars pounding the ground
‘til everything rattles and shakes

through deceit and lies
each side denies
that their men made any mistakes

there will be some loss
that’s par for the course
is all that the leaders can say

but in the end
they will all meet again
perhaps on atonement day

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 10, 2011

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