Brave (a poem)

what does it mean to be brave

in today’s age?

maybe it’s simpler than we think

like the warrior societies of old

their ethos to put family first

die for a cause, face aristocrats

who sit on gold-plated thrones

who bemoan gutter-champions

& bare-knuckled brawlers

who scrap in alleyways

for bones to eat

sweet revenge, avenging

sins of fathers from times past

who did not give second thought

to executioner nights

& neon carnivals for whole towns

what does it mean to be brave?

you know as well as me

(Photo by Geran de Klerk on Unsplash)

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