It's difficult for the Veteran to accept acclaim,
Inwardly carrying unimaginable pain.
War fractures the structure our hearts are built on,
So quickly in violence it's suddenly gone.
He slumps at the news,
More soldiers are dying.
Stares at the ground,
Long-past the crying.
You might find his medals,
In some estate sale.
I wonder why,
They have stories to tell.
No Veterans should be homeless,
After defending their home.
No veterans be,
Laid to rest all alone.
Remember they were children once,
With an innocence freedom sustained.
Then joined the battles to preserve it,
In dangerous, strange domains.