Broken Dreams

by Yolanda Shabazz

	Home from the war
	A decorated colored soldier
	Another reminder that war is hell
	Likened to oppression and racism
	A shoe box is where you kept your honors


	Years followed you
	With a drink in hand
	Struggling against demons
	Of what should have been

	In a peculiar way
	The fallout from your own personal war
	Eventually, you gave up!
	Letting someone else occupy the person you once were
	That is the hardest to forgive.

Broken Dreams by Yolanda Shabazz

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