War Lived Through Or Not

A friend of mine lived through the war
but I did not
she would go for days without food until
they were forced
by death to face death in the streets to find
not real food
but calories
out of the hands of
nobody at all.

A friend of mine lived through the war
but I did not
his town was crushed and burned to sand
black and coarse
he would hide in the trees when it was light
and come out at night
to sift through rubble
looking for anything
from his family.

All I lived through was hard listening
to survivors
trying to talk trying to get through it again
without reliving
their war like it was the first time
when they were young
and stricken too with
the age of a hopeless
mad stroke.

I have friends who have lived through wars
refugees
replacing family with a new language
and home
with trying not to want to kill or die
they live in rubble
or in dark woods
they want to come out
I think.

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