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by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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An ugly, ugly write. Almost hesitated to post this.

Anne Sexton's THE FIREBOMBER inspired this grotesque nightmare. Right or wrong, it had to be said.

Too many feeling like this...reminds me of...what...the 60's? The political unrest?? Vietnam???

The more things change, the more they
stay the same.

The opening lines of THE FIREBOMBER:

'We are America.
We are the coffin fillers.
We are the grocers of Death.
We pack them in crates like cauliflower.....'

And my response:

...doin' the job no one else wants to..............


Packin' 'em in/stuffin' 'em in so
Tight, like subways runnin' late.  Arms/legs
Stickin' out all over.  Hard to tell
Whose is whose.  Can't tell the difference:
They all look alike.  The same.  Sad, this
Not knowing/not caring anymore. 
The conveyor belt of Death rolls on,
The numbers rise, can't take a breath, just
Doin' the job no one else wants to...............

(c) 2007, Karla Dorman (1/10)


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Reviewed by Daring Sunshine 1/22/2007
hard hitting but an ugly reminder what war does for all! well penned.
God Bless,
Reviewed by CJ Heck 1/12/2007
Very deep and dark, yes, but so close to the truth, Karla. This held special significance to me in several ways. The first is obvious, I'm a Viet Nam widow. The second, I have a son-in-law, a Marine, who is in line to go to Iraq for his second tour of duty. He also served in Afghanistan several years ago right after 9-11. The third, another son-in-law is a funeral director ... as you said, "the conveyor belt of death rolls on ..." I only hope it doesn't take my daughter's Marine.
Much love,
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/11/2007
Thought about the 60's too.........and think about it......that is the time when good changes came shortly after.......and now again it is time to move forward.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/11/2007
It's a dead end job for sure...
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/11/2007
e x c e l l e n t --!!! NEEDED to be posted !!! I'm with you!!!
Pea Hoozonthemend Thankstofrinslikeyoo {only there is no one like are one of a kind!!!} Love always, Sissy P
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/11/2007
Most powerful offering Karla!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/11/2007
The conveyor belt of Death rolls on

The one constant in human existence, it seems.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/11/2007
There's big money in them thar' coffins...e
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 1/11/2007
I would say realistic. When there are so many deaths, it's difficult to keep the dead intact. That is why it is considered a good deed to bury the dead. Victor
Reviewed by Aberjhani 1/10/2007
one exceptional poem in response to another. Sexton would probably smile and sharpen her pencil for another round:-)

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/10/2007
Hard hitting piece Karla, but sadly true...and I remember the 60's very well
peace and love, Carole
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/10/2007
Powerful offering Karla! Too sad,but too true...
Reviewed by J M 1/10/2007
So powerful and Vietnam is a time still of unrest. You did justice here.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/10/2007
I was not alive in the sixties but from what I know of Vietnam and the way the soldiers who returned home were treated this does remind me of that, we need to take more time to pray for the soldiers and help them through this Hell, not Judge them
God Bless
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 1/10/2007
It is a scary time that we live in, I was only a child in the sixties, but I can remember much violence going on within our own United States and the ongoing vietnam...great write my friend, sad but true.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 1/10/2007
Sad indeed, Karla. Unfortunately mankind will continue this trend because they just don't know how to love and live with each other in peace. Shame, really.

God Bless
Love and hugs
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/10/2007
A normal reaction to an abnormal situation is insanity, and as the body counts increase is the right solution to keep on adding more guns to the equation? Good solid write Karla and a strong political statement that is bound to make people pause and consider the important subliminal message in this poem.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/10/2007
Sad...we don't care for our fightin' men and women; yet we are expected to police the world. Not good; it is no wonder so many people hate our guts! Scary world we live in; God help us...j

Very good write; expresses the feelings of many, me included.

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin sister, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/10/2007

It does remind of the 60's. Blessings Always, Paul

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