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The butterfly collector

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I killed a man today, woman yesterday, oh lord

next it will be a child. I am not a hero,please tell
dickhead trump and the other politicians. Back home
i was a collector of butterflies, the tattoo of the blue
Adonis butterfly has one of it's wings obscured with
scars, the duality has gone my conscience is trying to
contact me, Why hasn't war been resigned to a museum,
i can hear bullets laughing at the absurdity, I wish i could
return the earth to god's gun and put my finger in the barrel
until all wars have ended. I experienced the hallucination of
a double crucifixion and the painted wing of the blue adonis
on a man's chest, I encountered my former self in the confluence
of a net and gun.    

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Is the speaker a soldier? I think of soldiers as mostly young people, and I can imagine a sizeable proportion of those who do end up in active combat waking up to its nightmarish absurdity. I wonder if this is from the perspective of an older soldier who has lived long enough to enjoy a hobby like butterfly collecting.

Tony

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