Ted H. Behrens

ON A LEADERLESS WAR

They didn’t know the first thing about winning.
So many peace time years had passed;
They thought it some kind of game
Left behind as darkness fell:
A film production on location;
Dolls with replacement parts
and paper hearts;
A gentleman’s agreement
On a line no one should cross;
50,000 tokens spent
in a smoky slot machine
On Pennsylvania Avenue.