we took our cues from the side of the road,
and took the billboards as signs
that cast an omniscient shadow.
that by design, seemed to imply cooperation.
and while trying to find the words to say,
"this doesn't represent us"
we poured over maps and in dawned on me
that this is war.
we hadn't cast the first stone.
their tactics had been subtle.
no one around even new they were in battle,
but it was war.
and no one wants to think in black and white,
but a decision had been made for me,
as though a matter of instinct,
and made against my will: cooperation.
and it had dawned on me that this is war,
and we might have to chose sides.