At Night I Stand Away from the Fire Light

In the fields we rehearse bayonetting people.
Artillery and missiles do not stop all of the bad guys.

In the army my skin color does not matter
as long as my thrust bayonet pierces an enemy uniform.

During a break we discuss
what type of memorials our government will build

over the mass graves we have found
outside every town large and small.

We discuss how not to become like the enemy
when we step across the border into their towns.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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