Baltimore saved the nation? Come on!

The British were depleted and simply retreated.

The fire went out of their belly.

Like in all wars — there were no winners,

only folks tired of the pandemonium,

the burst cannons, the bombarded forts,

the burned towns, the bullied helpless,

so many men dead for nothing,

cousins versus cousins,

as usual — an extended family quarrel —

extended beyond recognition as legend,

with heroes all on our side,

villains all on theirs,

righteousness ours,

wickedness theirs,

valor ours,

cowardice theirs,

triumph ours,

defeat theirs,

and so on and so forth a new tapestry —