Sunshine and a cool breeze blows
My dog and I walk
Next door, the neighbor wrestles with a suffering mind and a gun. Peering frantically through dark window shades the glimpse of brightness stings his eyes, and his heart shatters to see the world outside. Children playing in the grass, a neighbor walks by chattering playfully to her dog on a leash.
“Gone. All my hope is gone,” he whimpers. He dresses in combat camouflage fatigues, reliving scenes of battles long past lamented. The walls of the tiny apartment begin to close in. Twisted shadows leer and laugh. Respect and noble thoughts are no more. Ego crushed and broken. He picks up the gun.
Sudden shots ring out
On the hillside where we rest
In a brilliant sky
A sturdy handsome soldier lies on the bed with his brains blown out. The darkened shades now pour spatters of sunlight glistening on the walls like diamond brocade. Windows shattered. Life is gone as if it never mattered.
A soul has lifted
The heavy pain has drifted
Police sirens roar
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