Christina A. Sharik

ONLY ONE

Only one soldier died today
on the other side of the world –
only two children cry today
his little boy and girl.
Only one soldier died today
so sayeth the daily news
And the “war” is over as they say
But it just gives me the blues…
How do they use a word like “only”
when mentioning that one –
He was a mother and father’s child,
he was their only son.
“Only” has a bitter sound
when the child is your own –
when his wife and little children
are left, so all alone.
It matters whether one or ten.
Each must be accounted for
and “only” never used again
when referring to a War.