Eric Birdsall

This Was All For You - Poem by Eric Birdsall

So fake emotion as the guard slips you a goodnight kiss,
Tonight will be his last night,
So don't forget the armor he wore,
When he put his life on the line,
Fix your hair and wave goodbye,
This will be his last night,
Don't forget his scent, his voice,
And how he felt that night,
His claim to fame is dying,
And he needs to escape this hell
You could feel his heart racing though the chain mail,
But never did you know what he was thinking,
The extremes he was pushing,
The price he was willing to pay,
And still is, still to this day,
He shook your thought from his mind,
And took off his helmet,
Removed his armor that made his torso swell,
And let his tears run,
He lunged up the stairs he knew all too well,
Admitting to the murder of the guard,
The man he once was.
'I didn't stop there; the remorse would have got to me,
I took my own word, and disposed of his cold body,
To the bridge I rode, with his corpse over my shoulder,
Into the night, every minute, grew colder,
I tossed the weight of the world,
And lessened my thoughts,
Is this the way that I was taught?
Who am I to say wrong from right?
Something so right, doesn't feel right, tonight.
So I came back into town,
And acted alright,
I wore his chain mail,
And his helmet fit tight,
I used this disguise,
But told you no lies,
I kept my cool,
And cherished our goodbye,
Never did I realize,
What I've done is so wrong,
But no one can make me regret,
The things I've done,
Will take time to set in,
But I can promise,
This was all for you.'

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 3, 2008

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