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Photo by A.Barkman

Cenotaph Scene

Booming guns salute his fallen comrades,
triggering vivid scenes long laid to rest.
Outnumbered by enemy emotions,
a hardened old soldier
deployed in mental combat
engages in a battle all his own.
Wounded in spirit,
overwhelmed by memories,
he painfully unfurls
white handkerchief from pocket
and surrenders to a tear.

By Alma Barkman