Shadow objective

A devastating
War without sides,
Waged without soldiers
Rages inside
Kings and paupers alike.

Collateral lives
Deemed acceptable losses.
Sacrificed, shoved side —
Necessary evil invoked
To achieve
Some shadow objective.

Rigged mortal combat
Decimates line after line
Of innocents
Fighting the unseen enemy —
Blind that
They themselves have become
The battlefield.

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