Semper Fi Means Nothing to the Abandoned

 

So you say nothing.  She sees

you as a person, but not ever her

~

father.  What you must have faced

in that Hell they called a conflict—she knows it

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was worse than any war and how so many

innocents died for nothing at all.  She knows you

~

know it too.  The terror you must have felt

when having to convince yourself that death

~

is not murder when it’s in the name of War, yet it is

called a Conflict.  And the horrors that go on

~

behind the closed door of liquor’s rule

of order.  She is conflicted

~

because she can feel for a man she does not

know and the tears he must have shed when holding

~

the blasted bits of his buddy’s body, but he also is

the man who left his innocent daughter to cry

~

for the daddy she never believed loves for he has gone

to leave her small unknowing frame facing the atrocities

~

of the world.  Never protecting her from

the scary things that blow up

~

in the night, she had to face

them alone.  And still you say nothing.

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