I was called away to fight and I never,
Had second thoughts to endeavor,

To engage an enemy that attempted,
To come against us with contempt.

I returned to my country only to find,
That citizens within were turning blind,

Fighting each other without even knowing,
The goal they were reaching or where they were going.

Is this what I fought for, risking my life,
To make things better for my child and my wife?

Is this the future our founders believed,
That their dreams would one day achieve?

I continue to fight day after day,
Sometimes at home and sometimes away.

I have to believe that minds will be changed,
And government will no longer be twisted, deranged;

To believe that one day we'll come together to fight,
Not one another, but in a quest for what’s right.

Copyright © 2020 Brandon Ellrich
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In dedication on this Veteran’s Day to all those who fight for their country and for the freedoms that are afforded us.

Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

14 thoughts on “Fighting

  1. Beautiful and thoughtful theme. I told my husband yesterday how much I’ve appreciated reading poetry regarding hard topics of late. It’s a way to speak from our souls without adding to the chaos. I especially like how you said, “Fighting each other without even knowing”. That’s the clincher right there. We are too often unaware of our behavior.

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  2. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after browsing through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m definitely pleased I found it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

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    1. Thank you! I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Your comment went to my spam folder, for some reason. I appreciate you checking out my writing. I hope you’ll follow the blog if you haven’t already.


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