2018 Day 16 – Playing Soldier

Today the boy is playing soldier.
He wonders what it’s like to kill a man.
He’ll learn, before he gets much older.

They told the quiet child he should be bolder,
To learn to shoot a gun because he can.
Today the boy is playing soldier.

The girl smiles at him, asks him if he’ll hold her.
He’d rather hold a weapon in his hand.
He’ll learn, before he gets much older.

His father wonders if he’ll break the mould or
Follow the path his games began.
Today the boy is playing soldier.

His mother begged him to keep safe. He told her
He’d be just fine if he stuck to the plan.
He’ll learn, before he gets much older.

The summer’s gone, the days are growing colder,
The playground’s shifted to another land
And still the boy is playing soldier.
He’ll learn. He may not get much older.

 

Notes: The prompt was for a poem which features the ides of play. But sometimes play is serious stuff.

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