NOTE: This is one of the first posts ever written on this site by a student in 7th grade at the time. -- gg
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Running to the beat of your heart almost silently through the never-ending woods.
Branches tear your face.
Roots trip your feet, but they are nothing.
Only one thought is fixed in your mind.
of the United States of America
The weight of a gun rides in your hand,
aring you to shoot it,
to break the silence of the forest;
the forest of Hell.
No birds sing their songs of daybreak,
for there are no birds left to sing.
and to the republic for which it stands,
A twig snaps sending a sharp crack through the forest,
nd a mask of fear in front of your eyes.
You know that it was not you
who transformed the gloom of the woods into a death sentence.
You slowly crouch down to the forest floor,
so close to the Earth that you can smell the life beneath you.
one nation under God,
When you were a boy never did the idea occur to you
that someday you would fight in war.
That you would kill your brothers and sisters in war.
indivisible, with liberty and justice
As if in a dream,
you sense the man hovering above you.
A nightmare that can kill,
so that you will never wake up ever ever again.
Before your feet touch the ground
you feel a sharp jab of shock ricocheting down the back of your head.
Blackness closes in as blood pours out of your once perfect body.
And all is lost.