A Change Of Heart

A Change Of Heart short poem

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He crossed bluebells in a field
Bluer than the emblem on his shield
The buttercups danced in the sun
Reflecting off the barrel of his gun
The wind swayed the long grass
And chimed the mighty bells of brass
A church tower in the distance shone
While he marched on, tired to the bone
Beauty lay all around
Yet none that his eyes found
The war had claimed his friends and love
He had sworn to the heavens above
To avenge the deaths, to return in kind,
To kill all, leaving none behind
The cause of war was known to none
Yet bombs they dropped by the ton
Mindlessly they followed orders
Opened fire across borders
Children played, wild and free
Ran up to him, laughing in glee
Their arms full of pretty petals
Not minding his crude metals
They spread at his feet a rainbow of colours
Silly children, they knew not his powers
They called him to play, tugging and pulling,
He resisted much, his eyes were filling
The badge on their dresses let him know
But he couldn’t aim the gun to blow
The heads of these young, so tender
Even if they were enemy kinder
The stories of war
The evil spread far
These little ones knew not yet
With his cheeks now quite wet
Turning on his heel, he walked away
Oblivious to the summer day

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