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Tears of a Sentinel

I write classic "good vs evil" creative writing pieces with smart twists inspired by vintage action cinema, gaming, and heavy metal.


Degeneres animos timor arguit.

(Fear is a sign of a degenerate mind.)

— Publius Virgilius Maro/Virgil

A man with a rifle - is what I want to be

Here to save lives - but it isnt allowed for me

Desk-riding bureaucrats say, "You have no right."

Cowardly brass says, "We arent here to fight."

I joined up to do my best

Not sit-on-ass, then waddle to the Mess

I am a soldier and not a drone

Sleep, fear, and doubt - I left at home

Screw me for trying hard, right?

A self-obsessed office rat says its not my fight

Orders are to lay low - but mission briefing said otherwise

Soldier's creed is not to be exercised

Journalists, Desk surfers, and dumb civvies cultivate the lies

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Afraid of their own shadows - yet they say no

"Don't protect me - take your rifle and go"

Regurgitating the enemy's message; they heard from a dumb TV show

So, what will you do; when they come for you?

Terrorists, Unabombers, psychotics

Doped up, on radicalism and narcotics

Who will you blame when people die

Who will avenge, when an innocent soul cries

Mother and child - your godless cowardice sacrifices

You; cowards, traitors, and fools - the true enemy, Satan's mindless tools

Will pay dearly, for when I'm long gone

For when all your walls fall - you remain alone


© 2021 Jake Clawson


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 10, 2021:

I'm sure a soldier wants to help out at all cost, but they have a system to follow...I suppose.

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