Democracy Foreign

I have sparked life into four bladed beasts
I have let them slip and glide from West to East
I have controlled them with dominance from North to South
I have lived my life out.

For my county I gave everything within me
They took my grace and took my sin
And then employed me.
I have flown holy skies
And had wild nights
I have bedded women and said farewell to knights
I have lived my life out.

Black cats scuttle past me in all the forsaken places I have been
I can’t escape the reality of the most awful dreams that follow me from entry Point A to Entry point B
My enemies denounce me with all their utmost graces
I am strong
And oh so broken
And the irony races
Beating my life before I can find rational elation

People speak for me and they decide my lifestyle
For too long I have lived with guilt and denial
I know I have pursued this ghost reality for too long
In my loins I know this to be true
I have lived my life out

Within my battered heart
There is something living
Something alive
Existing within beauty
And it is simple like a cigarette
And it is complex like sudden death.

And it calls me to be human
When my country calls me to be death

Those who control me
Know nothing of what it means to be me
They rant and rave and cry: ‘hypocrisy!’
When I cry for truth and liberation and democracy…

Yet I continue fighting, surviving, controlled and denying…
I hold my tongue and push the trigger on my gun
It is all that I can do for my son
My daughter
And You…

I question myself
So often it hurts…

How can I fight my country when democracy is mild?
How can I die for my country when it is not fit for my child??
How have I lived?
How have I fought?
Have have I loved?
How have I thought?
How have I given this fragile endeavour called democracy a chance?

I cannot talk now
I cannot doubt
I am a warrior
A machine
A weapon
A wish…

I have lived my life out.

Democracy Foreign

RVRFNX

Lennox Head, Australia

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