In this place, we first learned to die
statistically –
To sense the endless ranks of lies
ahead, yet be

Compelled, unable to resist
the lies behind.
Not sacrifice, of those who twist
and stagger, blind,

Not honor now. Numbers decide
but cannot feign
Who trudges toward the other side,
who stands to gain.

Jared Carter's most recent book, Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems, is from the University of Nebraska Press. He lives in Indiana. Read other articles by Jared.