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by Wayne M. Smith
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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Lines everywhere




In this society, I live in lines.


            Lines keep everything in order.


                        I line up for my breakfast to start my day.


                                    I line up for the latrines so I can do my morning hygiene practices.


                                                I line up to exercise my big breakfast off my waist.

                                                            I line up to catch the HUMVEE to work.


                                                I line up to get my health care benefits.


                                    I line up in the SCUD bunker for accountability.


                        I line up for the Port-a-Potties to get rid of breakfast.


            I line up for the Postal Office to send letters home.


I line up to get in my war wagon,


            to scour the dirty garbage filled alleys looking for Terrorists.


                        I line up the dead bodies for identification.


                                    Then if I am lucky, I line up to go home.


                                                If not I will be lined up for my comrades,


                                                             to pay their last respects.


                                                                        Any way you look at it,


                                                                                    I live in Lines.


Wayne Smith 2008



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Reviewed by Sara Coslett 4/12/2008
There is an interesting symmetry going on in your poem. Generally speaking, when people visualize a line in their head, it goes straight, either right to left or up and down. And yet your poem demonstrates very clearly that a line can meander, like a river.

Meandering rivers are a sign of health. Here in Florida the Army Corp of Engineers one day decided to straighten out a river in the center of the state (the name of the river eludes me right now). After a few years the river died. They learned the turbulence caused by meandering is what gave the river and it's inhabitants its life.

Anyway, with regard to your message to me: Living for today is a good idea. There are no guarantee's and well, the past has passed. Reliving it, is akin to mental paralysis (something I am very guilty of). But this is the first time I have read this poem "Lines". I'm happy I did.

Please watch your ass soldier. Get it home safely. And keep meandering! ~ Sara
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