Song playing: Demcuoi, The Last Night
Fallen dumb with pain in contentious battle’s fray
Visiting but for a moment, numbered among the dead
Tethered on a silver thread that back to “the world” led.
Riding on clouds above, caricatures of men by neighbors sent
Pale pall lays stark upon countenances that anguish cannot hide
From dissolute war's hatreds that leave mouths gaping open wide.
Piled haphazardly one on another, red-stained fruits of war
Warriors' vibrant mortality this war's robbing
By the grim reaper beaten, no longer with life throbbing.
Torn pitiably, before that great abyss bow
Broken bodies frozen so still where they lay
Leaking souls, no more on tortured earth to stay.
Products of war’s craft lie dead in final agitation
Gaping, screaming mouths, abject terror displayed
Tossed in fetal positions where devastating war laid arrayed.
Nevermore to answer its chilling cadence down spines shrilling
In demise fading, passing obscure in thin cold mist
Beclouded by mortal agony in frozen pain kissed.
Over dying men no longer naïve nor gung-ho,
No honor but death coming to these veterans beatified
Nevermore smiles painted by death petrified.
Then I awoke! Arisen, I shake off death's hoary beast
From that most cruel captor, once again released
Again escaped in memory...though I feel intimately its cost
Will I be so lucky tomorrow...or join the brotherhood lost?
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