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A free verse poem
Sep 7th, 2015 at 12:54am
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You are youthful, strong and vigorous

The world is before you

Standing tall you put on your fine uniform and parade with the other young men

Girls smile and wave at you, old women wipe tears from their eyes

The crowds adorn your rifles with flowers

You board the troop train and head off to the front

Fighting on the front your comrades dying all around you

The slogans do not mean so much anymore

You were going to conquer the world?

You are going to die in a frozen trench

Yet some make it home, to a wasteland

Cities laid low, your countrymen dead in their millions

The leader you once followed betrayed you

What comes next? 

What values will you live by, who will you trust?

It is one thing to rebuild buildings, something else to resurrect forgotten values

If only the first is done, all that remains of the nation is a hollow shell

You must look to your history

But who now has the courage to pin his theses in the hearts of your people?

Yet without such a one, you are lost, living in the ruins, outward appearances be what they may

The ancient values must be recovered, or the people will perish
  


To say homo sapiens, is to say Homo religiosus; there is no man without God. ~Frithjof Schuon
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