Why
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Why.
The invasion had ended
The landscape potted and charred
The bodies of comrades and enemies
Scattered across the landscape

The war is over And neither side has won The generals are gone And their subordinates And their subordinates Down to the lowly soldiers It is in our hands now

I see motion off in the distance It is an enemy Hiding behind bushes I raise my weapon He sees me and raises his

We stand for a while Aiming our weapons at each other I realize that it is pointless And then I throw down my weapon

He grins evilly at me A horrible grin, with blackened teeth He rubs his head, and then Rubs his trigger

And then I speak quickly I have one question for you I say Can you answer it?

Why?

1990 March 7

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