03 May 2009

historical conflict

words measured in a simple steady beat

symbols of who we are and whence we came

become so soon the means of giving blame

to painful past so much is angry heat

we find that every tale is incomplete

and each hard word remains a source of shame

since it can't matter who has won the game

but only who has felt the last defeat

if this is victory and the true tale

of how we got here in so sad a shape

perhaps we should give up and let the land

be what it was before the first grey sail

came over the horizon by the cape

and the false admiral made his demand

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