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DIVINE WIND
by Gerald J Tate
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Lest we forget

Some things sound nice when said aloud
But the meaning is a different matter
Divine wind sounds such a pleasant thing
But it's meaning meant wholesale slaughter

Cause' Divine wind means KAMIKAZI
And old sailors remember them well
When these Kamikazi pilots flew into their ships
Blew their planes and themselves to hell

Yet now when you meet these well mannered folk
Politeness just flows from them with ease
It's so easy to forget the past
And these fearful Imperial Japanese

Well war is war, and people change
But the past just shouldn't be forgotten
Cause' a soldier died for every sleeper layed
By God, these people were rotten

But these Imperial Japanese were brave in war
It was their philosophy that seemed to suck
They placed their Emperor higher than God
It was here they ran out of luck

And I sometimes wonder if we'd be here now
If the Yanks hadn't ended their reign
So that those who had managed to survive this war
Could rebuild their lives once again

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/25/2008
Excellent pen sweet man..have a wonderful and safe day...Hugs
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/23/2008
A time in history that will, I pray, be always remembered because to forget leaves chance to make it happen all over again...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Cleve Sylcox 4/23/2008
Yes, the past should not be forgotten even though it is forgiven. Wonderful write, enjoyed.
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 4/23/2008
You caught my interest with the title. My grandfather was one of those captains whose ships were sunk by the Kamakazi folks (he had four of them, to be exact; MSTS). Perhaps your inspiration came from some recent interviews with "kamakazi pilots." I wonder where they got these guys. The true kamakazi pilot, having dedicated himself and gone through his own funeral ceremony, donned his ceremonial white scarf, and eventually flew his final mission. If he survived, tradition dictated that he would commit ritual suicide because he had lost face as the "Devine Wind." Kinda makes you wonder where "hollywood" has found these recent "kamakazi pilots." Such persons would be (at least) in their 70s today and it would be interesting to hear how they justify their own survival.

Excellent poem, Gerald!

Ted
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/23/2008
Yeah, and we were such wonderful winners that we built up Japan into a superpower of modern technology, displacing us in many endeavors . . . They still haven't formally recognized or apologized for the rape of Nanking . . .
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/23/2008
a bit of history this morning-well written
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