They all died in the war.
Those that survived it still died inside.
They stared ahead of them.
They knew now how low humans can go.
When the war was over, those that came back
helped rebuild the cities the other side had bombed,
How it could have been if the war had not happened,
that was for the speculation of the historians.
They who came back from the war
were not those who went away.
They were changed, aware of lost light.
No longer chained to the iron wheels of war,
they were abandoned, left to fend for themselves,
ruled by the cold majesty of peace.