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Let's Bomb Baghdad (1958)

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RSWells
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0 posted 09-27-2002 04:59 PM       View Profile for RSWells   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for RSWells


Two boys marshal forces in the sand
a battleground earth easily molded

around the inflexible aggressive pose
frozen on their plastic soldiers.

Bored, they rise donning little stetsons,
boots and silver cap guns arguing who

gets to be the bad guy, for no fun will
be had until the first shot is fired.

Further disagreements relate to accuracy
and the order of forced, feigned death.

There'll be no injuns. Too many peanut
buttered lunches in front of the achro-

matic images of Tex Houston taught that
only armed white men were noble challenges.

An afternoon of dodge-ball, a weeding of
younger, slower, weaker by the swift and

strong whose reward is delivery of pain's
sting. An evening in slack jawed reverence

to tales from elders of the teaming of
men, the security of the padded uniform,

or the Ban Lon ducktailed fodder, Lucky
Strikes hammocked in shirtsleeves, the

secret society of the sucker punch and
hints of the promise of darker days.

Then on to sleep where dreams align with Mars.

"Happy people have no history" - French Proverb

© Copyright 2002 Richard S. Wells jr. - All Rights Reserved
Midnitesun
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1 posted 09-27-2002 05:13 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

I wish I didn't understand a word of this, but I do.
Peace to you.
Hold onto those PBJ's, you may need them soon.
Irie
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2 posted 09-27-2002 05:31 PM       View Profile for Irie   Email Irie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irie

Iím not 100% sure if I understand all of this or not, but I think I do.
And if I am correct, I am with midnitesun and wish I didnít.
Then again, I guess I canít close my eyes to everythingÖ.
~*Sigh*~


~Sheri

"Don't wait for your ship to come in ...
Swim out to it"

Crazy Eddie
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3 posted 09-27-2002 07:44 PM       View Profile for Crazy Eddie   Email Crazy Eddie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Crazy Eddie

The way I understand it is that kids that are spoon-fed violence via toys and games when they are young are possibly anaesthetised against the violence in the world around them as they grow up. It also offers the idea that the people doing the fighting now are the same kids - only with bigger toys.

You used the two time frames over the two poems to good effect, different toys same result and the Iraqi reference in the title was a good device to focus the mind.

Thanks for the chance to read and reply

[This message has been edited by Crazy Eddie (09-27-2002 07:46 PM).]

Sandpiper
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4 posted 09-27-2002 08:06 PM       View Profile for Sandpiper   Email Sandpiper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sandpiper

I really need to get out more.  Sometimes, no, most of the time, you amaze me.
RSWells
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1,004 U.S. Troops dead
http://icasualties.org/oif/

Iraq CIVILIANS approx. 12,000 (this site doesn't include the last 3 weeks carnage; http://www.iraqbodycount.net/
Midnitesun
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6 posted 09-08-2004 10:10 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

hello RS
thanks for the links

and each number had a face, a heart, a dream
a father, a mother, perhaps a brother, a sister, a child, a mate  
 
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