The Cost of War


What brings change
What marks that point 
Who claims the victory
When the war is unsettled

Which side prevails
Who marches on
Who claims the turf
If the land is gone

Who hears the speech
Who musters the strength
Who counts the arms
Who gathers the pence

Who pays the toll
The blood
The angst
The sleep
The grit
Who gives
The time
The twinge
The thanks
The fits 

The fields discourse 
The bond is tried
The emotional duress 
Of a bind that's died