This is the End

of a war that lasted

265 years

an old war

and old hates

filled with

bloody battle

after bloody battle

no family untouched




bodies lingering

piled up

like disappointment

no one cares

At one time righteous victory

was sought

wrongs righted

then it was about

taking back loss

than revenge

then a horrible scrabble

to keep what was left

biding time

attacking back

attacking forward

generation after generation

committed to the fight

to keep the horde at bay

a horde now satisfied

with what’s left

is better

then nothing at all


Author: Bryan Aiello

I call NYC home and wish the subway went everywhere and Times Square didn't suck. I saw John Turturro once. Maybe it was him. He was wearing a yellow shirt and smiled at me like he knew I knew. I am an Army vet who writes. I like characters who want more then they deserve. I like genre fiction. I love space. I love paladins. One day I might write a paladin in space story. Just you wait. The university of South Florida spit me out with a degree in creative writing and I find myself questioning the sanity of going to a school that advertises a fake beach on its brochure ever since. I intuit grammar. I Got married in 2012 We had twins in 2015. I do a lot of cooking and dog walking and ranting about the unfairness of sentience. You can follow me on Twitter: @bryaiello Wattpad: My Subreddit: My Reddit profile: Like my work? Become a patron at:

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