Once More, With Purpose

Once there were daisies and butterflies.
Goldfish glowed in the stream.
Now there are soldiers,
Bases and rations,
Wheat, and nothing else green.

Peace is the talk of the table.
“Peace” is the word on the signs.
Councils of protest;
A march, a petition.
A child, left home: “Stay behind!”

Whispers of horror.
“Oppressive!”
“Inhuman!”
The months become years.
Still no sign.

A letter, unopened.
“One day, when you’re older.”
Sneaking out with a torch, to know why.

Once there were roses to dream of.
Trysts on the grass, by the stream.
Now, there are letters,
Lawyers, and archives.
Now there are things to achieve.

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