Of course we did not heed
the warnings, what did they know,
and anyway we were sure we had won.
History is a poor teacher, that
much we have demonstrated again
and yet again, lessons never learned.
It is how we got here, how we
have no clear path to leave here,
things assumed lying in ruin around us.
We are tired now, old and no longer
able to fight as we once did, so we
must become the teachers, sharing
what we know, what battle plans
we used, reaching for those who
assumed it would all be provided,
that they needed to do nothing,
to sit by, to not participate, and now
to complain about the disaster.
We did not want this for them,
they, although we didn’t know it then,
were the reason we fought, and now
they must carry the battle or lose the war.