A volley of words
Each a shot to my soul
Thrown with such force
No heart can support
No tears withstand
Each cruelly aimed
All directly struck
Love a hazy memory
As the shots taken
At a standing target
Open and unarmed
Unprepared for war
Unbelieving the attack
Hoping for a cease
Waiting for the end
And in the aftermath
The silence so heavy
With the weight of echo
The smoke clears
Leaving scarred walls
And waves of tears
Crying for what passed
The taken just gone
Hollowness left behind
Trying to stand
Walking in hope
Of a future in peace
Seeing the ravages
Holding head high
But broken inside
Surviving a reward
But also a burden
For what is lost
Cannot be reclaimed
But in memory
For now

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