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you asked if it was true,
but sometimes the truth is irrelevant.

she said, the point is that it happens to someone.
the point is that it always happens to someone else.

the point is stepping out from the bush, firing off a few rounds and ducking, prayingswearingpleading, shielding its head and holding its breath.  the point is falling asleep to fireworks, echoing across the plains and into the mountain caves, hiding in the elephant grass.

the point is asking if it matters, saying there's plenty of time for the world to win these wars, alright.  saying it's okay if you don't want to die, here.

the point is sinking into rice paddies, kicking the bodies and opening its throat for the clinging stench of dehumanization.  the point is that it was his comrade, his best friend, and not him.  

the point is that it will never be him, but the reality is
that it could have been.

the point is serving its tribal needs with ammunition belts and land mines; the adrenaline does the rest.  the point is caught in the crossfire and convinced
that this is happening to someone else.

you asked if it was true,
because you can't decide if it matters.
this is terrible.

"the guy's dead, he kept saying, which seemed profound--the guy's dead. i mean really."

o'brien.
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:iconyoursforevr:
couldnt have said it better myself ;D
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:iconetre-aime:
this is lovely. and is so heartbreakingly true.

p.s. i love the things they carried. =)
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:iconanyimacielgray:
the things they carried is just a big piece of awesome.
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:iconetre-aime:
I know! I lovelovelove his writing style.
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:iconanyimacielgray:
he is so amazing. (:
i want to buy every book he has ever written
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:iconjimmyjoebobma:
Would you mind if I read this at my school's next coffeehouse?
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:iconjimmyjoebobma:
yep; I'm gonna put it up here soon though
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:iconanyimacielgray:
of course!
naturally, i only ask that i'm credited (:

i love coffeehouse!
i helped organise the last one at my school <3
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:iconjimmyjoebobma:
Course you'll get your due.
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