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Broken Soldier

As a child he played soldiers,
Marched them gaily off to war,
As a young  man he joined them
As so many had done before.
He was sent  off to places
He wished he'd never been
And he saw some  sights
He wished he'd  never seen
He performed some some acts
He wished  he  could undo
But they told him he was fighting
To defend the  rights of folk like you.
He finished his engagement
Still a relatively young man
And dealt with the memories
The way the resilient can.
Now so many years later
The bad dreams won't go
And he's  become the kind man
That  nobody wants to know.
He wanders the streets to escape
The voices screaming in his  head
From some of the things he's done
And some of the things he's  said,
And he sees  your disgust
When he tries  to escape in booze
And he's  sorry if he offends you but
You've never walked in his shoes.
The actions of a man return
To haunt him when  he's older
Like so many he's  become just
Another unwanted broken soldier .

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