Memorial Day Passing

as tears pour down
on earth turned new
a holy man prays
while generals praise
the fallen, wasted
on wars not civil
on wars not holy
while mad men gather
planning more mad folly

leaders don’t end
followers falter
while warriors wander
at god’s bloody altars
our nation divided
by Islam united
and “Mission Accomplished”
chiseled on tombstones
by scores across the land
an epitaph to wasted bones

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