Unanswered Question



There is a certain bravado

Some would say undeniable

Like a mastery of the show

A set of skills reliable


The conflict I try to avoid

Is not shirked out of any fear

It is reservation employed

To keep harm’s way from coming near


For I have been battle tested

In desert and jungle warfare

A chest full of medals crested

A knowing and steely hard stare


Unlike some I do not wonder

If in fray I have what it takes

I’ve rushed the gunfire and thunder

Other brother’s lives in the stakes


I have felt the wasp sting of bullets

And savagery of hand-to-hand

It is one of my few regrets

Taking life from another man


In that moment answered question

Staring into his lifeless eyes

Myself seen in the reflection

An inner truth immortalized


Greater measure never needed

Knowing what I am capable of

Your good prudence should be heeded

If it is me you stand above


If your question still burns inside

Do not use me as your measure

Outcome will only hurt your pride

And won’t bring me any pleasure


But if just now your answer pressed

And my graciousness manly spurned

I promise you a painful test

Given until life lesson learned


I prefer that you leave me be

I have no unanswered question

My kindness is not fear you see

It is for your own protection





8 Responses to “Unanswered Question”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    I can’t imagine what was must be like, and the effect that it has on those at the front line.

  2. Harley Unhinged says:

    Fantastic piece, lovey ❤🖤

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