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No More War, No More Trouble

05/21/2009
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BASIC TRAINING 1970

With some unknown sense
I felt his stare
upon my neck.
He stalk’d me,
trail’d my every move
and now
victory was in his reach.
I turned slowly,
gazed into my enemy’s eyes
and knew I was finished.
He laughed,
smiled and taunted,
then fired.
I grabbed my burning stomach,
and fell to the ground
still hearing his laughter.
I would get even
after lunch,
for war was only a game
when we were young.

Written by Tristan-Paul J. Hand while a student at Kent State University, May 4th, 1970.

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