Read Poem: WHAT HAVE I LOST?, by Diane Burrow

What Have I Lost?
(Afterthoughts.)

What have I lost?
Was I truly tossed and
Shuffled among schemes
Seemingly for betterment,
Reasons for acting, masquerading
As morality of the highest?

There’s a thread
Slotted somewhere inside
The footsteps of those men
Who influenced my way,
Whose dreams are nothing less
Than slaughtering the many for any deal,
To realize a peace they
Cannot sustain, maintain.

A little sacrifice for the many.
‘In the end they’ll see it my way’
While I revile my wife and spoil
My children for a greater cause:
The many, not the few.

What have I lost,
Alone among
The everlasting flowers
Singing one-time songs?