Returning Home from Attempted Conquest

Troop ship limped into port–
soldiers clomped to pubs or homes.
Entering his home,
the general finally allowed
his shoulders to slump.
The fire of conquest
was replaced by a hot bath,
then stew and homemade bread.
Sitting at the oak table
by his wife,
he felt that
he was a different man
than the one who left months ago.