The Inward Aim

 Who out there might I have saved
 and who am I to say
 that if I had gone and fought along
 they'd be happier today?
  
 Which among them would have marched 
 before adoring mortars and towards
 their final chance to Meddle with 
 the Honor of their chore?
  
 Who out there might I have saved
 and what would that have done
 but reinforce the enemy
 on the ever-growing front?
  
 Which among them would have marched
 until their soles knew every grain
 of every dune and cratered ruin
 that compelled the inward aim?
  
 Who out there might I have saved
 and who am I to say
 that the lives I would have handed out
 were better than the graves? 

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