Deceptive Notion

A battered old warhorse,
marches on unabated;
with a plethora of emotions
in a stranglehold that restrains.

Audible voices: some disparaging,
some sympathetic; imbibed with
dignity for victory to dispel.

Revivifying spirits of wounded
compatriots; with an optimistic
assertion that masks malaise.

Unfortunate casualties of this
deceptive notion; renewed battles
to fight; but the war never ends