scars

a band of brothers, gallant men

fought upon St. Crispin’s Day

and yearly on the vigil since

have marked their feats with scars displayed

 

to some these wounds note only loss

memories of how each bled

healed by time but present still

reminders of the fallen dead

 

yet proudly honored are these few

remembered through the ages

their daring deeds, their noble cause

described in Shakespeare’s pages

 

and of the causes that move men

can love be less than war

given that the soul’s pursuit

at times moves even more?

 

think what dangers now await

would-be lovers in the night

where a dagger in the heart

strikes surreal with equal might

 

brave and virtuous are you

who risk harm for passion’s fire

why now hide the scars you’ve earned

in your sweet search for desire?  

 

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