Bound By Honor



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The red ink of history written

Drips long from the blades of man

Driven in a petulant lust to own

Human spirit, as if conquered land

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The fallen brave, lives unsaved

Decaying memories hard bled

Hide in the stringent smoke of lies

And the truth is wanting misled

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Let distance seen in mirrored view

Bear no hidden, no unclear sight

For every banner raised in war

Was raised with a thought of right

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But what you see and free to me

The reasons we chose for arms

Will lead to unneeded travesty

Unneeded the humanly harm

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Death comes for the mortal soul

No need to take, no more to give

No honor found in how we die

Honor bound in our choice to live

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Comments
14 Responses to “Bound By Honor”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    “The reasons we chose for arms

    Will lead to unneeded travesty”

    powerful words highlighting the sad repercussions of war…

  2. beth says:

    when mankind meets in battle, many never return

  3. yassy says:

    The red ink of history written

    Drips long from the blades of man

    Epic opening to a brilliant verse.

  4. Roshni says:

    Loved each verse of this brilliantly beautiful poem!!!….still felt some connection with these lines
    “For every banner raised in war
    Was raised with a thought of right”.

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this is beautiful writing and such heartfelt stanzas. Everyone poignant and holding such truths. I can’t help but often think of my poor father and the cost that the Korean war had upon his life so many years later as he was just a child really when he went into the war, not yet sixteen.
    Thank you for this amazing work. Love and many hugs to you my dear friend. Jonikins πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈ

  6. Only those who have gone to war, or those whose lives have been destroyed by war, can understand that war is the stupedest invention of mankind. Those who opt for war know nothing of war, that is why they like to rattle their sabres but had they ever been in even one battle or skirmish, they would always think twice. You’ve written a beautiful piece, a true homage to peace. Thank you!

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