the sacrifice

sacrifice is commonly known

but poorly understood,

for its memory has been corrupted,



in the game we play,

we look to our peers,

we worry about a million things,

we question love,

we ignore the call of passion,

we lose sight of our beginning,

the beginning of togetherness,

because a lot of us,

a lot of the time,

are looking at the clock

and looking to gain

but another victory,

looking to add

but another memory,

that is,

the dance of society,

the imperfect institutions,

the tongues and cultures,

the tales of the oceans

and the wisdom of the elders,

the wonders of feeling and flying and flourishing,

the devastation of greed,

the plague of hate,

that is,

we chose this madness

because suffering together

is better than thriving alone,

for halls once decorated by companionship

cannot be abandoned to silence

after tasting the music of laughter,

the heat of happiness –

we set upon justice

because we know

that we need each other,

that the eternal present

is not worth it

without the spirits of others,

and so we spun out of iridescent emotion

a tapestry of commitments,

but the scene is but a means to an end,

not an end in itself,

and I often forget that,

that the minefields that divide us,

the lines that define us,

separate us,

hurt us,

that none of that is real,

I find that I forget that


the people,


are not the enemy,

and if we are to meet ourselves on the battlefield

with the slightest hope of survival,

we must be united,

for the suffocating dictatorship of fear,

the hounds of anxiety,

the kingdom of kapital,

shall not yield otherwise,

we must honor the sacrifice

– for a peaceful world,

 I shall bloody mine –

we must remember

that we take up arms

not for the glory of victory,

but for the beauty of innocence,

that we sail the gales of fate,

fall to our knees in prayer,

and embrace in the face of annihilation,

just to be together.


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