Battleground

When you’re raised in battle,
What do you become?

When the world is a warzone
That no one else knows
What do you see?

When everything you are
Is the enemy
What do you fight?

When the voice in your head
Turns you against yourself
What do you hear?

When all your memories
Are of pain
What are you left?

When all your lessons
Were taught at the end of a sword
What do you learn?

When you’re raised in battle
You die a hundred times
Slowly and in agony
And then suddenly
Without seeing what killed you.

When you’re raised in battle
You learn fear
And anger
And pain
And you use them as weapons
Against yourself.

When you’re raised in battle
You learn to hide everything about yourself
Because every part of you
Is wrong
And will get you killed.

When you’re raised in battle
You surrender over and over
But the fighting never stops
So you get back up.

When you’re raised in battle
Eventually everything stops
And you have to make a choice.

You can stay down.

Or you can fight.

When you’re raised in battle
You become the enemy.
Or you become the warrior.

All Rights Reserved to Cambrey Payne 2017

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