BEFORE THE END
By John Thomas Tuft
There is a great pause, a gathering of strength
When the armies prepare for the battle
Knowing full well when they charge the field
Before the end, it is their blood as chattel.
Owned by king and country until the bitter finale
Until time carries them around the bend
When they strike the colors at the River Styx
Salute the knight, not the sword, before the end.