The Counterpoint

Sometimes our history still hears

the echoes of battles that left cries and tears,

abandoned orphans and humiliated losers,

besides perplexed and bewildered winners,

weakened from hard a victory.

But, as counterpoint to the pain,

just after and almost together,

never annotated in the textbooks,

accurate witness always has heard,

from fearless couples, love whispers,

rising from the battles to the heavens,

there welcomed as most precious a prayer.

First published in The Literary Nest, April 15, 2016.

Published in Dead Snakes, May 6, 2016.

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