Duty

Michael Cannon – Duty, © 2012

She said, ‘I’m ending this now, our time is over.
‘I’ve changed so much, you’ve stayed the same.
‘There’s another,’ she said ‘now my reason for being.
‘… no inclination for apportioning blame.’

How will it end for them?

He said, ‘If that’s what you need, I cannot fight it.
‘You don’t even want me to implore.
‘But have you given our kids consideration?
‘How can you turn your back and close the door?’

How will it end for them: these sacrificial lambs?
Lives dealt with uncertainty, the young will pay the price.

The confused minds of innocent children.
Convinced her leaving’s because of them.
So they go to their dad to tell him they’re sorry.
They all feel so empty and alone.

Look what it’s done to them: these sacrificial lambs.
Lives dealt with uncertainty, the young will pay the price.

Day after day, despite alienation,
kids will wonder what became of their invulnerable world.
So they all make their adjustments, just one more sacrifice.
It all serves to make you wonder – is there no duty any more?

Little wonder children suffer (Is there no duty any more?).
When a parent takes their leave (Is there no duty any more?).
No explanation there to pacify,
all the demons they will weave (Is there no duty any more?).
To a future there to replicate (Is there no duty any more?).
Through the scars that may not heal.