War Under the Skin

How many selves
can live under one skin
before a war begins
before sides are drawn 
before alliances are formed
before camaflogue and covert operations
before tear gas and car bombs
before a dictator rises to power
and subjugates the weak
before the oppressed revolt
and set fire to the streets
how long until you are 
annhillated from within
when a warzone
invades your head
how do you survive
the landmines in your soul
and the shock of the bullets
that drain your heart cold
when your mind is divided 
how can you stay sane
when the antagonist and protagonist
are one and the same