Two Journeys

guy 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

He came home today,
her beautiful boy
with his beautiful scar,
his chipped tooth
and his battered faith,
the price of defending another.
 

Invincibility,
once worn like a badge,
now quietly stitched
to the inside of his shirt,
a tight kernel of regret
chafing at his chest.
 

And she,
though saddened
by the livid weal beneath his eye,
thankful that he returned
in the rattle and hum
of a crowded carriage,
 

cocooned
in the drum thud
of his white budded world,
not draped in wood
under the misplaced blood
of a forlorn flag.
 
 

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