Father, Father, 2003

When all the wars are over,
after countless men have died—
when countless kids have shed their tears,
after endless mother’s cries.

When the rifles and the flags,
are in a dresser, locked away,
with shotgun shells, and purple hearts,
what will father say?

When the flag comes down in rags,
and roses line the graves—
will we sleep the peaceful sleep,
our debt to father paid?

Father likes to fuss,
and argue with himself—
about religion, politics,
philosophy, what else?
Then he sends his kids to fight,
or else they get the belt.

Father likes to fight,
and drink and womanize.
What does father know of truth,
when his kids defend his lies?

What matters if he tells the truth,
when his children fight his fights?
Proud father gives them shiny toys,
if they listen and play right.

The kids are brave,
and have to be;
father can’t defend himself.
And who on Earth would father call,
if his children smelled his breath?

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About Brandon K. Nobles

Brandon K. Nobles is an award-winning American author, poet, academic, artist, and Renaissance (faire) man, and aspiring over achiever Visit his official website @ www.brandonknobles.com and check out his upcoming epic-historical anthology The Flag Carrier's - Volume I - Heir to Ruin, co-written with Diana Yannetti. Keep up to date @ brandonknobles.com and a-bastards-inheritance.com - totally not someone pathetically trying to make themselves sound cool. Edited by @MacklinEditing

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