A Family Tradition, Abandoned

A young man, ready 
to embrace the future
heard the call of duty
went to war 
and was killed.

His sister named her first born
after her dead brother, who 
a generation later
heard the call of duty
went to war and was killed.

His sister named her first born
after her dead brother, who
a generation later
heard the call of duty
but did not go to war

and so lives to write this poem.

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