K.O.

Friendship means no less

No more

Over there, than on these shores

Where we fight a battle for brothers’ lives,

Sisters and wives.

Because as he opens his eyes wide,

Realizes,

He’s suffocating

Not from the depression he didn’t know he was harboring

But from the disease eating at his mind

The one he put there,

The one she was fed

The one that told them they couldn’t

When it was really that they shouldn’t.

So he takes the white cloud,

Puts a smokescreen in the air

To cover the fact that when they said he couldn’t

He just decided that he wouldn’t

Wouldn’t try

Try to be there for his daughter’s first birthday

Try to get his degree

Try to put himself on a pedestal so high

Where one could bring him down.

But he settled for less

Now he’s begging for more

More time

As she takes shot after shot

Raising her glass,

As they take shot after shot

Hearing the glass crash.

But every time he goes down

Every time failure is aimed his way

“Hands up, don’t shoot”

There’s always someone there

To lend a hand

To bite the bullet

Bring him back from the edge

To get him through it.

Those denizens of his life

The ones he thought were just passin’ through.

From ashes and dust

They built him up

Made him strong enough to stand

Look his fears in the eyes

And realize

That when they decided he couldn’t

He decided he wouldn’t.

He wouldn’t sit by and take the abuse

Conveniently forget and make an excuse.

He’d be his own man

Not what society built him to be

Because society made him of glass.

But friendship turned him to bricks of gold.

So

To the soldiers across the sea

Seeing friends die

Taking bullets

So we know how to be free

I salute you.

I thank you

For giving me the chance

To know how to be free

But to our brothers on this shore

Seeing friends die

Taking bullets and punches

So they can be free

I salute you, too.

I thank you

Because another one just got free.

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