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Bar Language
by Peter J Benson

Friday, June 04, 2004
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Bar Language

There is a place in my soul that bursts with words.
Useless I find it!
How is ‘Well done!” or “Marvelous”
In a place where the reaction
Is “Fucking A!”
Politics; sport; and horses
Bursting to the Belmont:
A triple crown
Of conversation
Lost to the winner
With the loudest voice.
“Slam dunk”
Is now a way to go to war:
And ‘Crusade” a word to avoid.
‘Tiger” is not a feline
And most have forgotten
That tiger was a threat
When Kipling wrote.
With words that stole the soul.
And acknowledged Gungha Din.

But Kipling, and his Gungha Din
Are dead today.
And Servis, Owens, Hemingway.
Tennyson I guess is past.
Frost, I know would be appalled
In London Square
Jack can be called
To fight the fight and that they did!
To help the fight
They used their words

If someone else again today
Could pick up rifle, pen and verb.
Not, Monday, quarterback and say
‘Good move” “He’s worth it…Fucking A!”

There is a place within my soul…

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Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/14/2004
Loved the way you started and ended this. Great write.
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 6/6/2004
War has brought out a side to writers that without which we would have never have known the horrors unless there ourselves. People like Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Sigfried Sassoon, really brought the effects of war to those interested in reading it. And of course, Hemingway. I liked the part about the triple crown/conversation. This is refreshing.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/5/2004
WOW, sure get a spectrum of American feelings on here, stunning write, apart from, slam dunk?????Rhyme for drunk maybe???
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 6/4/2004
Peter, this was fucking A. I am sickened by all the Ex Generals and give me a break Col.'s that know exactly how to create a democracy from a dictatorship overnight.
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