Shades of Gray

This poem was for a story that was never written. Here's the story in short: Everett Suarez was a Historian and Monk during the Third World War. He wrote it while he was working as a medical technician and chaplain for the Canadian Army.


Visions of black and white,
    but all I see is gray.
Torn flags and black blood,
    white clothes in parley.

Mercy's lost cause dies,
    upon heartless beaches.
Compassion lays shattered,
    in writs and speeches.

Abandon this world mine:
    hopes, dreams, and whispered praise,
Honest glory, meaningful honor,
    forgotten these dark days.

Just need one final try,
    to bring meaning to faith.
There is nothing foreknown,
    but what I see is faint.