by Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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The photo used here started it, and I got to thinking of all the wars and all the dead, and who gained? Is the world a better and more compassionate place than it was before the earliest war? And I thought about all of the people I have known who have died for a political speech and a little white cross on a propaganda lawn. My brother, Georg can identify with where this is going and, in a way, this is written for him ...
by Ted L Glines
So many soldiers have died
for greed and national pride
Pearl Harbor, Saipan, Normandy beaches
lost in the bombs - incoming screeches
Nagasaki, Berlin, and London town
lost as the bombs came falling down
Iwo Jima, Guam, the Philippines
Army and Navy and U.S. Marines
Air Force and Coast Guard defending our shores
against madness cast by political whores
and what has this gained us over the years
walls full of names and moms full of tears
and the world is the same as it's ever been
the heads are still talking political sin
and down on the street - a homeless man sits
a soldier from Nam - his reward was the pits.
But somewhere is tolling an awful bell
dead soldiers are massing an army from hell
warriors marching with bayonets ready
full of righteous hatred - makes me heady
bones may be rattling but hear the drums drumming
for a final battle is certainly coming
politicians should pray - say a final good-bye
before they are crushed by the last Semper Fi.
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|Reviewed by Jerry Engler
|You may have it here, brother, the great whore babylon dragged to the pit at bayonet point by the soldiers she so uselessly sacrificed. I remember being startled, after carefully considering it, C.S. Lewis' contention that the individual human being, or spirit, is infinitely more important to God than the concept of nation. Yet, he said, a soldier may be uplifted spiritually in war for what he sacrifices freely for friend and kin. His statements changed my viewpoints, and I think your poem fits right in there with them....Jerry|
|Reviewed by Theresa Koch
|My father was a Pearl Harbor survivor and my son is a Sargeant for the Marines~Hugs`Teri|
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Apt, timely, and powerful points well-made, Ted. Thank you for sharing your message. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Dale Clark
|Dying for politics and greed is tragic, especially
when these warriors aren't even taken care of when
they return home... that's the worst of it.
|Reviewed by Gene Williamson
|At last I found you, Ted, and it saddens me to think of all I've missed. I am totally in accord with Warriors Arise. I was one of
the lucky ones who returned in an earlier war, but I knew many who
were not so lucky. Today, whenever there is talk of another war,
I picture some indulgent, manic politico crying for blood: meaning
someone else's blood. Someday we're going to muffle all the damn war mongers and urge our young men and women to stay home and make love.
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|Quite an ending, my friend. Far too many valiant soldiers have died for political greed, and far too many of them are so quickly forgotten by politicians, when they return home.|
|Reviewed by Georg Mateos
|When their hear thunder they will believe is another bad weather coming, and they will be so very wrong.........
|Reviewed by William Bonilla
A great created and well composed write
Peace be with you
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Wow very origianal write Ted that definatelyh makes one stop and think of the what if sceario of all these dead warriors in the spirit world looking at revenge for wasted lifes.
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|I don't always think war is for greed. Some of them are about defending our shores. But then again ... I'm just glad there are those who are willing to go, if called upon. They might not like it, but they're willing. Powerfully thought provoking, and you're right: Congress needs to see this before they send any more of our own, and if they send them, they better take care of them upon their return. Veterans should lack for NOTHING. Congress doesn't. :(
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce
There are so many wars, and sometimes I don't even know what the people are fighting about; but brave are the soldiers who go to war to defend their own country. I DO think that the wall with their names on it somehow has made their moms and their family proud of them; and they should be proud of themselves too.
With regards to the problems of the homeless, this had been a problem since time began. I think America still has to deal with this issue and pay respect to the homeless veterans and give them more support and a decent income to live by.
...Just my 2 cents opinion.
Sandie Angel :o)
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|TED - WOW! TERRIFIC! I'M WITH BONNIE ...
SEND THIS EVERYWHERE - ESPECIALLY TO CONGRESS AND OBAMA - AND EVERY EDITOR OF MAJOR NEWSPAPERS!
NEGOTIATION - MEDIATION - COMPROMISE - ARBITRATION - THESE ARE THE SENSIBLE TOOLS OF ANY SANE SOCIETY !!!
GOD BLESS - TOM.
|Reviewed by Bonnie May
|THIS SHOULD BE POSTED IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS TO READ BEFORE EVER DECLARING WAR AGAIN...FABULOUS WRITE TED. LOVE, BONNIE|