This is the End

of a war that lasted

265 years

an old war

and old hates

filled with

bloody battle

after bloody battle

no family untouched




bodies lingering

piled up

like disappointment

no one cares

At one time righteous victory

was sought

wrongs righted

then it was about

taking back loss

than revenge

then a horrible scrabble

to keep what was left

biding time

attacking back

attacking forward

generation after generation

committed to the fight

to keep the horde at bay

a horde now satisfied

with what’s left

is better

then nothing at all


Published by Bryan

I am an army vet, husband, and father of twins, I am currently working on my next publication, a collection of military fiction, and next year will be publishing an apocalyptic science fiction novel. My urban noir novel, "Compounded Interest," can be purchased on Amazon. I host a podcast on creativity called Origin: Stories on Creativity and co-host the soon-to-be-released show on speculative fiction called Mirage with fantasy author R. Emma Hardcastle. My youtube channel is: The Origin podcast feed is: For updates on "Mirage" and future publications follow me on twitter: @bryaiello More of my short fiction can be found at: My amazon author page is:

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