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Love Like a Landslide

Love is a heart never broken
Love is a word scarcely spoken
Love is a light that you quenched
A life that you choked
A privilege revoked
A fire you drenched

When I was a baby
And you, a young man
You held me so closely
With your veteran hands
I thought you’d remember
What battle was like
What gunshot was like
I thought you would teach me
What courage was like

I thought you would love me
The way I loved you
I thought you would hold me
Like I might slip away
I thought you would kiss me
Like your love was so true
But your lies-- oh your lies
Were as clear as the day

You dropped me off in a sea of Iraq
With a knife to the neck and a shot to the back
With a terrorist’s terror that made my world go so black
A life as you lived it
Oh veteran man
And you thrust me right in it
Said “Survive if you can”

I was a child
And you were young too
But love is a word
turned my heart shades of blue
And now as I cling
To the face of a cliff
You stand over watching
Your jaw turning stiff

Your hands that once held me
Your words that once stood
Have crumpled and shaken
As you’ve melted that word
Love
Like a landslide
Love like a deathride
Love like a heart-slice

I hope you are happy
In the hottest place that’s in Hell
I am now numbed to love
Why, Daddy?
Do tell...

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