A soldier holds up his hand.
An oath he thinks his family demands.
He promises his life for something noble.
Something more than the simple life he lives.
The simple life that his ego will not soon forgive.
Some are given cash bonuses.
Some want to learn a trade or get a degree.
Most can’t get a good job on the outside to truly feel free.
They are led to believe that their lives are meaningless.
That without serving their country they will not have stories to tell.
That all men must have their war and their hell.
That killing is a birthright of all men.
That without those stories you have not been.
The movies and commercials show a man who is changed.
Not a man who sees death and becomes deranged.
There are no heros on a battlefield.
Most were innocent before being taught to kill.
Now having to live with the murder or damage done.
Realizing that they were pawns in a game that is never won.
Mothers and fathers lose their children to this ongoing lie.
That their children’s service could be their last goodbye.
And then they get the call that their child is gone.
Now they must live forever with the death of their daughter or son.