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
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.