Monday, 25 May 2020

When Loyalty’s Betrayed



When man has pledged his loyalty then found
His faith has been almost at once betrayed, 
He does not always act as if the ground
Has shifted.  He feels betrayal as a blade
Embedded in his back, yet with temper frayed
He lashes out at those who speak their shared, profound
Sense of regret, mad that it is publicly displayed.
When man has pledged his loyalty then found
It was misplaced, he needs must loudly sound
A call to arms for the false cause, to show that he has made
A better pledge: to loyalty itself. He needs to heal the wound,
His faith has been almost at once betrayed,
But he cannot live without his faith, so he has weighed
His old, false cause pound for pound
Against the true idea of loyalty. Afraid,
He does not always act as if the ground
Has shifted, he acts instead as if hidebound
Incapable of change. He wants to be portrayed
A loyal man. All, in one bound,
Has shifted.  He feels betrayal as a blade
Between the shoulder blades, and yet he hasn’t strayed
He is as rock, not shifting sand, does not explain, expound,
Seeks only to restore his self esteem and to stockade
His loyalty.

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