At Poets United, The Thursday Think Tank #68, http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2011/09/thursday-think-tank-68-red.html, the prompt is “Red.”

by Mike Patrick

Flickr image by Daniel Schwabe

There is a breed of men who are different.
They don’t naturally fit in polite society.
Their home is the battlefield.
They don’t quake at the sight of blood,
they revel in it.
They appreciate the differences in blood:
the cold red on the snow,
the bluish red on the bayonet,
the scarlet on the leaves
or washed-out pink soaking into wet sand.

There are those who call them monsters,
those who call them warriors
and those who call them heroes.
Their countries call them when needed.
They’re not bad; just different.
The type of different a country needs
to rule its destiny.

They’re not a necessary evil.
They’re not evil at all.
They’re different.

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11 Responses to DIFFERENT

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  2. Janet says:

    For some reason I hear experience:) Very well stated in this poem, Mike. I call anyone who lays his life on the line to serve His country or community a hero. And I believe heroes come in many different uniforms.

  3. vivinfrance says:

    I’m not sure about this one, Mike. I hate war and the inference that war is the only way to solve problems. But that doesn’t stop me admiring your skill in writing about it.

  4. Without them the countries they fight for wouldn’t enjoy their freedom, well, in free countries (that is)
    Deep, dark, true.

  5. siggiofmaine says:

    Having been a military wife, in Japan in the mid-60s I understand, I think what you are
    saying here. And said quite eloquently.
    They are a breed of their own.
    I also worked at a board run military veteran’s home…some of them wounded souls that did what needed to be done.
    Thank you…for sharing where your words took you.
    ☮ Siggi in Downeast Maine

  6. earlybird says:

    I admire the descriptive distinction between different sorts of blood, Mike.

  7. shawnacy says:

    the things we ask of our soldiers… and then we seem surprised when they are, indeed a little different… slightly tilted, in their thoughts and outlook.
    agree with the others that your contrast of bloods here was great. not only is it powerful as imagery, but it is a look inside that very mind you are talking about. only a soldier would recognize the difference.

  8. Renee Espriu says:

    Those that fight wars or are simply in them through no fault of their own are many things to many people and I believe you have captured them all here. Well written.

  9. An enduring thought and an enduring poem. Well done!

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