always got his pride…

always got his pride

careful observation
could easily reveal
where
a black permanent marker
had been used
to conceal
the white threads
on his neatly
pressed shirt
but few folks
ever
made
such a detailed examination
in fact
few
ever noticed him
at all
that really
didn’t matter
to him
his tours of duty
overseas
had given him
something
he’d not expected
pride
pride to be
nothing more
just
to be
he’d seen
life stripped away
from his friends
so
just being
was
just fine
with him
he
observed
all the beauty
around him
the gifts
that god
had provided for
society’s
lesser beings
the smell
of fresh-cut grass
fall leaves against
a blue sky
sounds of birds
unseen
only heard
yes
just being
was
just fine
for him
for he
was like
all
the rest
of god’s creatures

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