The Heart in the Machine.

There came a war
under the sun.
A war that came
and took a son.
It taught him how
to shoot and run.
It gave the boy
boots and a gun.

Some rich men fed him
trained him right.
Where they would point
the boy would fight.
He’d kill for them
both day and night.
His orders were
to shoot on sight.

They shipped the boy
from here to there.
He followed orders.
Tried not to care.
He hunted strange men
took them unaware
The rich men got richer
He earned their share.

His mind hard as a diamond
a killing machine with no flaws.
If the rich men said you had to go
he’d kill you for the cause.
Then one day their last mistake
they gave him reason he to pause.
His orders were two families
to be blown up in their cars.

He’d never killed an innocent
these directives could not be.
The men said they had seen some things
that they were not meant to see.
They saw his hesitation and reminded him
“This contract says you’re not free!”
They talked about how swell they’d been.
“Where the hell’s your loyalty?”

Eyes ablaze he said to them
“No longer am I yours.
I’ve served you well so many times
done at least a hundred ‘tours’.
Though now I think your time has come
so get down on all fours.”
He roared as he pulled his gun.
“I’ll kill no kids for you, you whores!”

…and the rich men died.

Dalton Sayre

The Heart in the Machine.

Dalton Sayre

Buckhannon, United States

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A kinda vengefull “poem”/short story. Critics welcome, I am always appreciative of “constructive advise”, regardless of its intent.

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