Ruby Alexandra Beloz

WAR HERO

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: September 4, 2010
Awarded: September 4, 2010
Only War heroes see the end of every War
Only the dead know it’s finally over
The rivers of time turn red with their blood
The branches of their leaves
No longer can bear their fruit
The roots of their lives
No longer age over time
They die a hero’s death
They are honored with our country’s flag
With ribbons of Brass, Bronze and Silver
Given the greatest honor a dead Veteran can receive
They are no longer called Veteran
Because everyone knows the honor is only given to the dead
They now call him or her “WAR HERO”
That honor is reserved for them only

But what of those who survived?
They call him or her Veteran for the rest of their lives
When they finally come home they are rarely even thanked
For them the WAR never ends
The memory of WAR is embedded
Deep within their veins
They wear human scars not visible to their family or friends
The sounds of WAR echo deep in their skin
The smell of human flesh rotting as they lay dear never leaves them
The visions of the wounded never leave their dreams
The nightmares are always the same
Of waking up on a Sunday
When they should have been dead
Only to relive the nightmare all over again

I once asked my father if he was a “WAR hero”
All of a sudden the look in his face quickly changed
To that thousand yard stare
He replied “No I am no hero”
All of the WAR heroes are dead
They call me a Veteran…………