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“There’s a day that is coming when all the last will be first and
        every orphan will be home.”―Steven Curtis Chapman

afghan wars
          have orphaned me,
                    in stages.
                              silent stars
                                        weep over me,
                                                  for wages
                                                  cannot be paid
                                        to parents
                              whose debut
                    to where hopes fade
                    golden dreams
                              pregnant with fires
                                        that ember
                                                  midst the screams
                                                            that past desires
, they said,
                                                            when papa
                                                  got the call,
                                        his blood war-bled
                              my abba!
, unfledged,
                                                            when mama
                                                                      took the fall,
                                                                                facing, post-pledged,
                                                                                          death's trauma.
                                                                                no one's child,
                                                            by life's death;
                                        still i defend
                              my last breath.
                                               © Copyright 2023 December 10
                                                        by Clyve A. Bowen♫
Written by cabcool
Published | Edited 14th Dec 2023
Author's Note
“In the common use, an orphan does not have any surviving parent to care for them. However, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), and other groups label any child who has lost one parent as an orphan. In this approach, a maternal orphan is a child whose mother has died, a paternal orphan is a child whose father has died, and a double orphan is a child/teen/infant who has lost both parents. This contrasts with the older use of half-orphan to describe children who had lost only one parent.” - Orphan - Wikipedia
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